Our Staff

Our Directors and Staff

David Aydelott, Band Director


A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, David Aydelott is the Director of Bands at Franklin High School in the Williamson County Tennessee School District.

Before his appointment at Franklin, Mr. Aydelott taught at Lexington High School in Lexington, Tennessee, John Overton High School in Nashville, and Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee.  During his tenure at those schools, students distinguished themselves on the marching field, the concert stage, and in individual and chamber settings.  While at John Overton, the music department was selected as a 1999 “Signature Gold School” by NARAS.  Mr. Aydelott was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

A recipient of the National Band Association’s Certificate of Merit and the Citation of Excellence, David Aydelott is Immediate Past President of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Past band Chair for the Tennessee Music Education Association and has served two terms on the Executive Board of the MTSBOA.  He served on the 2009 committee to revise the Tennessee instrumental music curriculum and is an active clinician, adjudicator, and arranger.  Named in 2010 by School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference,” Mr. Aydelott is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity and holds membership in MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and Professional Educators of Tennessee.   Mr. Aydelott was selected in 2012 as Franklin High School Teacher of the Year.  In December of 2014, David Aydelott was presented as a John Philip Sousa Foundation Laureate of the Bandworld  “Legion of Honor.”  In April of 2015 Mr. Aydelott was inducted into the Middle Tennessee State University “Band of Blue” Club Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Renee have two children, Katherine and Meredith.


Jacob Campos, Assistant Band Director

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A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Jacob Campos is the Assistant Director of Bands at Franklin High School in the Williamson County Tennessee School District. Before his appointment at Franklin he worked as the assistant band director at McGavock High School. In 2011, he graduated from DePaul University with a double major in Clarinet Performance and Music Education (Magna Cum Laude). He has had extensive study with clarinetists such as Julie DeRoche and Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Frank Batisti, Donald Hunsberger, and Robert Reynolds he was principal clarinetist of the 2010 International Youth Wind Orchestra at WASBE, an auditioned group made of musicians from 44 countries. He also has performed with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, Mufreesburo Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee Valley Winds, Nashville Wind Ensemble, and many members of the Nashville Symphony.

Jacob Campos is an avid lover of chamber music and small ensemble musicianship. Mr. Campos’ chamber groups that he taught or conducted have performed for Ben Folds, NAM, NAfME, and numerous other prolific venues throughout the Nashville and Chicago area. In 2014 he formed the Franklin Winds as a chamber group and they played at the 2015 Music for All, Chamber Music National Festival in Indianapolis, IN.  The Franklin Saxophone Quartet under Mr. Campos’s direction performed at the 2017 Chamber Music National Festival.  Additionally, in 2014 he was named a Blue Ribbon Teacher by Metro Nashville Public Schools. He continues to teach privately and play with various ensembles in the middle Tennessee area.


Levi Brandenburg, Color Guard Director


A graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics Technology, Levi began his color guard career during his freshman year at Scottsburg High School, in Scottsburg, IN.  After high school, he performed with Hypnotix Winterguard in 2006, Onyx World Winterguard in 2007, 2008, 2010, and The Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2007 and 2008 (his age-out year). Levi has worked with several color guard programs, including his role as caption head for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
He currently lives in Nashville, TN.  When not teaching color guard, Levi works as a brand manager with an advertising firm in Nashville.


Michael Horvath, Color Guard Director


Originally from O’Fallon, IL, Michael Horvath earned his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010.  He works as a Project Manager for Designed Conveyor Systems in Franklin, TN, and he currently resides in Nashville.

Michael performed with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2007-2009, including Phantom’s 2008 Drum Corps International (DCI) victory.  He has also performed with various winter guards, including the Pride of Cincinnati in 2010.  From 2011 through 2013, Michael choreographed for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps.  He has also directed and choreographed for numerous other high school and college color guards throughout the South and Midwest.



Jan Dossey, Grassland Middle School Band Director 


Jan Barry Dossey, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the directors of bands at Grassland Middle School in Franklin where she has been teaching since the opening of the school in 1986. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in organ from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in conducting from Middle Tennessee State University.

Upon completion of her degree, Ms. Dossey began her teaching career at the newly opened Grassland Middle School where she forged the way for a brand new band program. She also served as assistant director at Franklin High School for 11 years. During her 29 years of leadership, the middle school band program has flourished and grown to include over 250 students. Ms. Dossey’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings at MTSBOA’s Concert and Sight Reading Festivals. Grassland’s bands have continually impressed judges, concert goers, community and civic leaders with their ability to perform quality literature of all types.

Ms. Dossey is a member of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association and the National Association for Music Education since 1986. She is past president of the Williamson County Band Directors’ Association and member of the American School Band Directors’ Association. She is also a member of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity.



Mark Garey, Freedom Middle School Band Director 


Mark Garey has been the band director at Freedom Middle and Intermediate Schools in the Franklin Special School District since 1984. Currently in his 32nd year, the Freedom Bands under his direction is an 11-time recipient of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Sweepstakes award.

He is a native of Savannah, TN and attended Middle Tennessee State University where he earned the Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a trumpet major. He also holds a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist’s degree both in education from MTSU.

Outside of Freedom Band activities, Mr. Garey is currently assistant director of the Music City Drum Corps. He was assistant marching band director at Centennial High School from 1996 to 2011, and assistant marching band director at Franklin High School from 1984 to 1996. He is a member of Williamson County Band Director’s Association, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (past president, 2005-2007), Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, American School Band Directors’ Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Phi Beta Mu.

In April 2010, he was elected to the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Hall of Fame.

He resides in Franklin with his wife, Daphne and two daughters, McKenzie and Madison. He can be contacted at 615-472-3544 or email gareymar@fssd.edu.


Carole Grooms, Freedom Middle School Band Director 

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Carole Smith Grooms is a native of Winchester, TN. She attended Tennessee Technological University, majoring in music with piano emphasis and earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. She holds the Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and is a National Board Certified Teacher, holding Early Adolescent/Young Adult Instrumental Music certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

2015-2016 is Ms. Grooms’ 32nd year as an educator, currently teaching band, orchestra and guitar at Freedom Middle School in the Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN. Prior to her move to Franklin in 1990, she was band director at Moore County High School, in Lynchburg, TN, and music teacher at Harris Middle School, in Shelbyville, TN. She also served as an assistant director to the Franklin High School Marching Band from 1990-1995.

Ms. Grooms is a member of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (President, 2011-2013), Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, American School Band Directors Association (past Region V Representative to the National Executive Board, 2009-2014, currently Chair of the Publications Committee,) the National Association for Music Education, National Bandmasters Association, American String Teachers Association and Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity. She has been a member of the educational advisory committee to the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, a mentor in KHS-America’s Methods to Mentors program and serves as a member of the advisory team managing the Band Directors Group, a professional learning community of over 65,000 band directors worldwide within Facebook. Ms. Grooms performs with the Nashville Wind Ensemble on flute, and in the past, performed as a member of the Nashville Flute Ensemble, Murfreesboro Community Band (now known as Tennessee Valley Winds,) and the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

Under Ms. Grooms’ direction, the Freedom Middle School Band was selected to perform at the TN Music Educators Association annual conference in 2000, and the Freedom Jazz Band performed for the National Association of Middle Schools National Conference in 2006 and for the American School Band Directors Association National Convention in 2009. Ms. Grooms has presented at the TnMEA In-Service Conferences, ASBDA Regional Conferences, the Music For All Directors Symposium, Tennessee’s and Georgia’s ASBDA Young Directors Symposium and will present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2015. She has served as a guest clinician/conductor and performance assessment adjudicator numerous times over the years in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia.


Hunter Stricklin, Poplar Grove School Band Director 


Hunter is currently the Director of Bands at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin, TN, Percussion Director/Arranger for John Overton High School in Nashville, TN, and Overall Music Coordinator for Metro Winter Drumline in Nashville, TN. He has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory & Composition from Middle Tennessee State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University, and is a Highly Qualified Professionally Licensed K-12 Music Teacher in the state of Tennessee. He is also currently the composer for the Winter Guard International Percussion Independent Open Ensemble Chattanooga Independent.

From 2008-2012, Hunter was the Battery and Front Ensemble Arranger for the Music City Drum Corps. Hunter has also taught/composed/arranged for numerous other groups including Middle Tennessee State University Orchestra, Cypress Falls High School, Elkins High School, and Music City Mystique.

Hunter has performed with Music City Mystique (1998-99, 2001-2007) in the front ensemble, cymbal line, and snare lines. He was section leader of the group from 2003-2007. In 2003, he won 1st place in the PAS Small Division with MTSU, and in 2004, he won 1st place in the PAS Large Division with MTSU.

Hunter currently lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife, Megan, and their three children: Nicole (4), Owen (3), and Audrey (1). They are expecting their fourth child this summer.