Director of Bands
Siegel High School
Alex White currently serves as the Director of Bands at Siegel High School and is currently entering his seventh year of teaching. He began teaching in 2011 as the Director of Bands at Whittle Springs Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee before moving to Murfreesboro in 2013. He served as the Assistant Director of Bands during the 2013-2014 school year and has been the Director of Bands since 2014. Mr. White teaches the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble as well as the Marching Band.
Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he completed his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education and a graduate of Concordia University where he completed his masters degree in Educational Leadership. While in college, Mr. White served as the Drum Major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band in 2010.
When not in the band room, Mr. White enjoys spending time with his wife, Katelynn and their two dogs, Sadie and Mr. Tim Bowling.
Alex Sears is entering his 4th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Siegel High School. He is responsible for teaching Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, General Music, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Band, and AP Music Theory. Prior to his appointment at Siegel, Mr. Sears was Director of Bands at Eagleville School for one year, Assistant Director of Bands at Eagleville School and Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School for one year, and Director of Bands at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, TN, for two years. He has served on staff with a number of local bands including the Siegel High School Band, Munford High School Band, Columbia Central High School Band, and the Livingston Academy High School Band.
Mr. Sears is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, where he received his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education. During his time at TTU, Alex was an active performer with the Symphony Band, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Troubadours Jazz Band, the Trombones at Tech Trombone Choir, and the world renowned Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Alex spent two summers marching with the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA, and won the 2006 DCI Individual & Ensemble gold medal for trombone. An active performer, Alex performs regularly around the region with a number of bands including the Music City Swing big band and The Undertones.
Mr. Sears is a member of MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Education Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
During his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, daughter, Lily, and dogs, Hazel and Tucker.
Siegel High School
Jeremy Smith is a composer, percussionist, and educator originally from Muscle Shoals, AL. During his time as a percussionist, he has served many roles on either side the drum as both a player and educator. Jeremy is an alumni of Muscle Shoals High School, Music City Drum Corps, and Freedom Indoor Percussion based in O’fallontown, IL. He currently designs, arranges, and instructs for several groups across the country. In 2014 he served as the battery arranger as battery caption head for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently serves as a member of the percussion staff at Music City Drum Corps and Clarksville Audio Theater. Jeremy currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN, and is attending the University of North Alabama where he is entering his final semester as a student of composition and philosophy.
Douglas Edens currently serves as the Color Guard director and is currently entering his 12th year of teaching. He began teaching at Pulaski County High School in Pulaski, Virginia, where he taught from 2004-2009. He then took over the color guard at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio, from 2009-2016 where his guard won 3 BOA regionals, a WGI regional, and placed 2nd and 3rd place in the Ohio Indoor Performing Arts State Championship. Mr. Edens has also been on staff with the Capitol Regiment Drum Corps, Phoenix Independent, Northpoint Independent, Rangerettes Independent Winter Guard, and the Mark Winter Guard.
In his youth, Mr. Edens was an active performer, appearing with the Pulaski High School Band, Capitol Regiment Drum Corps, DCI Honor Corps, The Study Independent Winter Guard, and the Juxtaposition Independent Winter Guard.
Outside of working with bands, Mr. Edens enjoys spending time with his siberian husky, Nala, traveling, and organizing the band office.
Hope Gurley – Color Guard Tech
Katie Jo Kullmar – Color Guard Tech
Blake Lankford – Percussion Tech
Middle School Directors
Director of Bands
Siegel Middle School
Mr. Crossley joined the Siegel Middle School Band as Director of Bands in the fall of 2017. Matthew has served as Band Director at Riverdale High School from 2012-2017 and Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School in Brentwood, TN from 2007-2009. At Sunset Middle School, Crossley implemented an active jazz band and private lesson program, along with receiving consistent superior and excellent ratings at concert festivals.
Recently completing graduate studies in Kansas City, Matthew earned a Masters degree in tuba performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While attending the Conservatory, Matthew held the tuba Fellowship position in the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, an ensemble devoted to performing a diverse selection of literature, and performing educational outreach performances. The quintet competed in a number of national and international competitions, which included an appearance as an international finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA, and semi-finalist in the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition held in Boulder, CO. Matthew performed at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as a member of the Conservatory Wind Symphony under the direction of Steven D. Davis.
Matthew earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew served as principal tuba in the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a four-year member of the Band of Blue. In 2005, Matthew performed throughout South Korea with the MTSU Wind Ensemble.
Being an active performer/teacher in the Middle Tennessee and Kansas City area for several years, Matthew served as Principal tuba/Production Manager for the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Philharmonic (MO), Missouri Brass Quintet, First Class Brass, and the Nashville Philharmonic. Matthew is a founding member of the Nashville Arts Project. NAP is a chamber music ensemble devoted to performing a wide variety of literature for brass and actively commissioning new works for brass chamber ensembles. In 2016, Matthew served on the brass faculty at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Performing Arts at MTSU. Crossley was also a performing member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps ( Rosemont, IL). Matthew’s teachers include Thomas Stein, Gilbert Long, David Loucky, Michael Arndt, Joseph Stegemann, and Prentiss Hobbs.
Matthew is a member of the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, Professional Teachers of Tennessee, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.