• Varnado, LaTerence

    Mr. Varnado  

    662-468-2531/Band Hall

    Band 2017-2018

    Welcome to band 2017-2018. I am excited about starting my second year as the director of bands at Shirley D. Simmons Middle School and Velma Jackson High School! Here you will find information, announcements, and updates about the band class along with the course syllabus, expectations, procedures, etc. 2016-2017 was a successful year, especially for the middle school. Shirley D. Simmons performed at and received excellent ratings at Concert Band Festival this past spring and our high school students held their first spring concert program. This is due to the quality instruction and the students' hard work in my classroom. They made the conscious decision to meet the expectations and succeed. So, we will be structuring and building our program upon the foundations that have been laid down for us in the previous year. This page will be primarily used for updates related to the band classroom such as assignments, upcoming playing tests, agendas, etc. For updates related to the band organization such as performance schedules, rehearsals, and other events/anonuncements, visit the Velma Jackson Band page here.

    About the Teacher

    I am entering my second year as the Director of Bands for Velma Jackson High and Shirley Simmons Middle. I went to high school in Jackson at Jim Hill High School where I was a part of the marching Band of Distinction and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. I received a Bachelor's of Music Education (BME) Degree, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music (MM) degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University. At USM,  I participated in the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Brass Ensemble, and Trumpet Ensemble. At LSU I  participated in the LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Lab Band. I am excited to be joining the Velma Jackson family as the Director of Bands and am fully committed to providing a quality musical education to all of our band students. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!