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Directors and Staff
Head Director of Bands
Trevor Baxter is currently in his 17th year of teaching and educating young musicians. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, Mr. Baxter oversees the Marching Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands and Percussion Sections of the Columbia Central Band. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University, has also studied at Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt) with Dr. Bill Wiggins, and at Albany State University under the late Mr. Jesse Walker
Mr. Baxter has most recently served as Director of Bands at Albany High School in Albany, Georgia where he conducted the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Small Ensembles, and Percussion Ensemble. During his tenure at AHS the band consistently performed Georgia Level 6 literature and received superior ratings at all adjudicated events.
As an arranger, composer, and percussion instructor Mr. Baxter is often sought after to teach, adjudicate, consult, and composes for many bands and ensembles. Mr. Baxter’s professional affiliations include memberships with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Percussive Arts Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and has most recently been accepted as a member of American School Band Directors Association.
Co-Director of Bands
Mr. Blair Boothe was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and lived there for the first few years of his life. 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. 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. Mr. Boothe earned his degree from MTSU in the Spring of 2016. Currently, Mr. Boothe is an active composer and arranger for Concert Band and Brass Ensemble. Mr. Boothe is in his third year as Co-Director of the Columbia Central High School Band. The Symphonic Brass Ensemble was selected to represent all of Middle Tennessee at the TN Bandmasters Association Honors Recital at the 2019 TN Music Education Association State Conference. The Symphonic Brass Ensemble was the first ensemble from CHS to perform at the State Music Education Conference.