Director - Blair Boothe
Mr. Blair Boothe was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and lived there for the first few years of his life. At the age of three, Blair and his family moved to Columbia, Tennessee, where he currently resides. Blair attended Baker Elementary School, Whitthorne Middle School and Columbia Central High School in the Maury County School System. Beginning in 6th grade, Mr. Boothe joined the band program of Whitthorne Middle School as a trombone player under the leadership of Jim Tucker and Darrell Boston. Blair continued in the band program at Columbia Central under the direction of his mentors Connie Cathey and Rick Murphy. It was during his time at Columbia Central that Blair developed a love for music and earned many accolades as a musician in the Columbia Band. While at Columbia Central, Blair was placed in the All Midstate Honor Bands, earned 1st chair at the MTSU Wind Band Conference, performed in the Nashville Youth Orchestra Programs, founded the Columbia Brass Ensemble and conducted the Wind Symphony in the premiere of his composition RAM, a composition dedicated to past Columbia Central Band Director Rick Murphy. Blair found a love for composing and arranging music during his time at Columbia Central and continues to write music regularly. The Brass Ensemble also continues at Columbia Central where the group consistently performs new music and hosts several performances of its own each year. After graduation, Mr. Boothe remained involved with the Columbia Band Program as director of the Columbia Brass Ensemble.
Following high school, Mr. Boothe studied instrumental music education at Middle Tennessee State University with his trombone professor David Loucky and band director/mentor Craig Cornish. While at MTSU, Blair participated in countless performances in the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles and solo performances. Also while at MTSU, the MTSU Symphony Orchestra premiered Blair's piece, Perils of the Pearl. He was invited back to Columbia Central in 2015 to compose and guest conduct a piece with the Columbia Wind Symphony. This invitation resulted in his composition A Date Which Will Live in Infamy, a piece depicting the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor that was premiered on the 2015 Senior Band Concert. Mr. Boothe earned his degree from MTSU in the Spring of 2016. Currently, Mr. Boothe is in his second year as director of the Columbia Central High School Band where he oversees the 150 member marching band, 3 concert bands, jazz band, brass ensemble and all aspects of the band program.