Director of Bands
Jay Davis is beginning his seventeenth year in education, fourth as the Director of Bands at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. Prior to his appointment at HCHS, Davis served as the band director at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, Eagle’s Landing Middle School and Lovejoy High School. Davis also was the adjunct professor of trumpet at Georgia College and State University and taught courses in the music education department. He holds degrees from Georgia College and State University and Auburn University, both in Music Education.
As Director of Bands at Houston County High School, he oversees over 300 students daily divided into four concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and a dedicated color guard class. The Black and Silver Brigade, HCHS’s marching unit, includes two marching bands, serving over 200 students. Bands under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at adjudicated events throughout the southeast in both the concert and marching areas, including winning Grand Champion honors at the 2017 Sound of Gold Marching Invitational. Additionally, the Houston County High School Band was awarded the Exemplary Performance Award by the Georgia Music Educators Association, one of only two high school programs in the state to receive this award for the 2016-2017 school year. Students under his direction have placed in many honor groups, including the Georgia All State Band, the Governor’s Honors Program, and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Jay has worked on the faculty of the GCSU Jazz and Symphonic Music Camps, as well as the staff for the Encore Music Camp and Camp ExtravaBANDza. Jay previously performed with the oldies band, Reunion, and the Symphonic Band Tara Winds, where he was on the Board of Directors. He now performs in the Wellston Winds, and serves as an associate conductor. He currently serves on the GMEA All State committee and will be serving as GMEA District Eleven Chair for 2018-2020. Jay holds or has held memberships in the International Trumpet Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda, GMEA, the National Band Association, and was Province Governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a fraternity for men of music. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia College Alumni Association.
Jay is married to Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia College, and is the proud father of 13-year-old twins, Emma (an aspiring trombone player) and Jonah (an asping percussionist).