Director of Bands

David Semones, Director of Bands
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Mr. David F. Semones is currently in his fourteenth year of teaching and in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol.  His duties are teaching and/or coordinating the various ensembles at THS including the marching band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, winterguards, percussion ensembles, and various other chamber groups.  He also teaches Beginning Music Theory and AP Music Theory.  His expertise is in adjudicating, conducting, drum major, drill-writing, arranging, and saxophone performance.

Before becoming the Director of Bands at THS, Mr. Semones was the band director at Vance Middle School (Bristol) from 2010-2013.  From 2005-2010, he was the Director of Bands at Patrick Henry High School and the co-director at Glade Spring Middle School (VA).  He began his teaching career as an interim band director in Wise County, VA in 2005.

Throughout Mr. Semones’ years of teaching, his marching and concert bands have consistently earned superior ratings and first place awards in every caption.  In his first year teaching, the band at Patrick Henry earned a Virginia Honor Band title, being only the fourth time in the school’s history. In his first two years of teaching, his band was bestowed the status of a Blue Ribbon School for music education.  He has been a finalist for "Teacher of the Year" three times, and has earned this status once.  Mr. Semones has taken his bands to perform at places such as the Camping World Bowl Game, Universal Studios Holiday Parade, the Statue of Liberty, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sea World, and Disneyworld.  Since Mr. Semones' appointment at THS, the band has placed high at each marching competition, earned superior ratings at concert festival, and has been awarded the Tennessee Bandmasters Association's Sweepstakes Award twice.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music.  While at ETSU, Mr. Semones was the director of the basketball pep band for one year and drum major of the Marching Bucs for two.   He was published in the August 2013 edition of The Instrumentalist with his article, “Making the Most of Drum Majors.”  He is a member of NAfME, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NEA, TMEA, ETSBOA, and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association.  Mr. Semones is actively sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, and drill-designer throughout Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.  When Mr. Semones is not teaching, he is spending time with his wife, son, and daughter – Colleen, Miles, and Harper.