Dr. Charles R. Jackson is completing his 38th year as a music educator, serving as a Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Prior to his appointment at KSU, Dr. Jackson served 34 years as Director of Bands at the high school, junior high school, and middle school levels, with 28 of those years in Cobb County, GA. He has conducted honor bands in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and is currently the conductor of the Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band, an all-adult community band in Cobb County, GA. In addition to being on demand as a band clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, Dr. Jackson serves as a clinician for over 400 trumpet students each month for the public and private schools in Cobb County and the surrounding areas. He is a principal author for Teaching Music Through Performance in the Middle School Band (GIA), and the author of The Band Director’s Book of Secrets to be published August 1, 2017, through Barnhouse. He earned degrees from University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.Ed), the University of Illinois (M.S.), Georgia State University (Ed.S.), and the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (D.M.A). This is his 11 th year on staff with the Music for All Summer Symposium. Dr. Jackson is the Faculty Advisor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at KSU, and serves as Vice-President of the KSU Part-Time Faculty Council representing the School of Music and over 1,200 part-time faculty campus-wide. He and his wife, Jane, have four children and live in Kennesaw, GA.