David Aydelott

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 in 2007, 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 the National Association of the Recording Arts and Sciences.

Now in the early years of its second century, Franklin High School has a long history of excellence in band performance. Bands at Franklin have marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade and twice in the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A six-time winner of the Tennessee Governor’s Cup, Franklin was named Grand Champion of the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Middle Tennessee State University “Contest of Champions.” An active participant in Bands of America events, Franklin has been a finalist, class champion, regional champion, and is a three-time National Class AAA Runner Up at the BOA Grand National Championships. In 2014 Franklin was awarded the Sudler Shield, an international award for high school marching band sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Franklin Wind Ensemble performed at the 2012 and 2017 Tennessee Music Education Association Conference and at the 2013 Music for All National Festival. The Franklin Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2013 and 2017 Music for All National Percussion Festival, the 2014 TMEA Conference, and chamber ensembles have performed at the 2015 and 2017 Music for All National Chamber Music Festival.

A recipient of the National Band Association’s Certificate of Merit and the Citation of Excellence, David Aydelott is President of the Tennessee Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, 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 as a representative on the Executive Board of the MTSBOA. Mr. Aydelott served on the 2009 committee to revise the Tennessee instrumental music curriculum and is an active clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. As a part of their 40th Anniversary, Music for All named David Aydelott to the Forty for Forty, a list of educators who have made a difference in Music for All’s history. Mr. Aydelott holds membership in MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and Professional Educators of Tennessee and in December of 2014, Mr. Aydelott was presented as a John Philip Sousa Foundation Laureate of the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.” In the spring of 2015, Mr. Aydelott was inducted into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame. He and his wife Renee have two children, Katherine and Meredith.

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