Brad Mitchell has always had a love for music. His childhood in Fayette, Alabama was surrounded by music with his family, church, and school. After high school, Mr. Mitchell attended the University of Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While attending the University, he performed in the Million Dollar Marching Band, the University Wind Ensemble, the University Contemporary Ensemble, and in the University Orchestra. Mr. Mitchell also performed with the Tuscaloosa and Montgomery Symphony Orchestras as Contra bassoonist.
After graduation in 1994, Mr. Mitchell was employed as assistant band director at Franklin County High School and as director of the North Junior High Bands in Winchester, TN. In 1997 he became a graduate teaching assistant at MTSU. While at MTSU Mr. Mitchell was a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, and Band of Blue. His teaching duties at MTSU included assisting in music appreciation and saxophone/double reed ensembles.
Mr. Mitchell earned his Master of Arts degree in 1999. After graduation he came to Cox Middle School as the music teacher and moved into the band director position in 2000. Mr. Mitchell has also taught "Music in Elementary Grades" for MTSU through Columbia State Community College.
Mr. Mitchell has completed his Masters Plus 30. In 2006 he was selected as the CMS Teacher of the Year. He is the fine arts chairman, and sits on countless committees at Cox Middle School. He plays saxophone in the Merchants of Cool Jazz Band and currently performs with the Maury County Community Band in which he has also conducted. Mr. Mitchell is a member of MTSBOA, TMEA, and MENC. He has attended the Tennessee Arts Academy for the past four years.
Mr. Mitchell, his wife Jill, and son reside in Columbia. Jill is the music teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School.
Chris DeBerry is one of the few Nashville natives that still lives in the Middle Tennessee area. Living in the Middle Tennessee area has allowed him to learn from some of the greatest minds in music education.
He has always had a desire to help people get better at their craft, and he found his avenue through teaching music in public schools, as well as non-profit organizations and presenting at clinics.
Being a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. DeBerry is very grateful to have spent some time learning from, working for, and performing with other Maury County Public School band directors. Prior to coming to E. A. Cox Middle School, he was a band director in the Franklin Special School District where he also did his student teaching under some of the strongest minds in music education.
Beyond being a band director at E. A. Cox Middle School, Mr. DeBerry enjoys adjudicating indoor percussion with SCGC, ETPAA, and CEPA, outdoor percussion within the southeast region, and serving on the percussion staff at Music City Drum Corps. Mr. DeBerry is a member of MTSBOA, TBA, NAfME, and PAS. He is honored to be an educational artist through Innovative Percussion and Mapex/Majestic Percussion.
His favorite kind of music comes from groups and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Jacob Collier, Journey, Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, Vashawn Mitchell, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Martina McBride, William Murphy, and Celia Cruz.