Joshua S. Jackson is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at William R. Boone High School where he oversees all aspects of the band program. A native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, he earned a Bachelor’s of Music (Theory and Composition) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1998) and a Master’s of Music in Education from the University of Kentucky (2000). While at UK, Mr. Jackson also served as the Coordinator of Color Guard.
Mr. Jackson is an active composer/arranger, designer, and clinician in the Southeastern United States. In 2005, his work Sketches for Wind Ensemble, won the Virginia CBDNA New Music Award. He has also served as a band clinician at the Carson Newman College Summer Music Camps and the East Tennessee Youth Wind Ensemble Honors Band. Under his direction, the Central Symphonic Band was selected to play at the CBDNA Southern Division Conference and the Tennessee Music Educators Associate State Convention. The Central Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band were both named National Honor Bands in 2007. Mr. Jackson was awarded Teacher of the Year at Central High School 2 times and has been awarded the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. He has served as the Band Chair for the Tennessee Music Educator’s State Conference, a board member for the Carolina Indoor Performance Association, a member of the Knox County Music Leadership Team, and has been inducted into Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity). While in Kentucky and Tennessee, he also served as director for X Performance Ensemble, an Independent Winter Guard. In addition to his duties as Director of Bands, Mr. Jackson is also a director and designer for the nationally competitive Pegasus Winter Guards.
Stephen Cook, Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Cook is the Associate Director of Bands at Boone High School. He is responsible for teaching the Symphony Band, AP Music Theory, Percussion Techniques, Piano, and Marching Band. Mr. Cook joined the Boone High School Faculty in the summer of 2014.
A native of Metro-Detroit, Mr. Cook is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Prior to his appointment at Boone, Mr. Cook worked at the Detroit Country Day Middle School, where he taught three instrumental music classes and two music appreciation classes in the Spring of 2014. He student taught at Pioneer Middle School in Plymouth, MI with director Karen Tharp and at Plymouth High School with Directors Dave Armbruster and Jon Thomann.
At Michigan State, Mr. Cook was a member of the MSU Wind Symphony for three years. He was also a member of the MSU Symphony Orchestra and Musique 21 (MSU’s contemporary music ensemble). While in ensembles, he played the Eb, Bb, A, Bass, Alto, Eb and Bb contra clarinets. He studied clarinet with acclaimed clarinet soloist Dr. Caroline Hartig and Professor Theodore Oien, principal of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He studied conducting privately with MSU’s Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Cormac Cannon, and also with Dr. Colin Mckenzie.
Mr. Cook has been on staff with the nationally competitive Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band as the clarinet instructor and visual tech since 2011. He has also been on staff at Novi High School and Hazel Park High School. In the summer of 2011, he was a conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Cook is a member of NAfME and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Taylor Yozwiak is an aspiring percussion performer, educator, and arranger
Taylor received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Massachusetts in 2013. While at UMass, Taylor had the privilege of studying with professors Ayano Kataoka and Thomas Hannum. Through his studies and experience at UMass, Taylor began to develop his own unique perspective on percussion, striving to combine his marching and rudimental background with his passion for solo, classical, and chamber percussion music.
Throughout his percussion career, Taylor has won numerous awards for outstanding musicianship. These awards include the 2012 Vic Firth Scholarship, the Chancellor’s talent in the Arts Scholarship from the University of Massachusetts, and the “Semper Fidelis” award for Musical Excellence presented by the Marine Corps League. During his two years as the Timpanist for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Taylor won a World Championship with the Corps in 2011 and was awarded the Cadets Distinguished service award in 2012. Most recently, Taylor was a prize winning soloist in the 2015 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition and was honored to be featured as a Vic Firth artist and educator.
Over the past several years, Taylor has led and arranged for programs at the high school and collegiate level in Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. These programs include the University of New Haven Chargers Marching Band, Mount Holyoke College, and The University of Miami. Taylor is also in his fourth year as a percussion staff member with the Cadets Drum and Bugle corps. During Taylor’s first year as a Cadet staff member, the Cadets Percussion section won the Fred Sanford trophy for high percussion performance.
Most recently, Taylor completed his Master’s In Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. During this time, Taylor studied with world-renowned percussionist Svet Stoyanov, directed the “Frost Band of the Hour” Drumline, and performed throughout the rich musical scene in Miami. While maintaining an active performance schedule throughout central and southern Florida, Taylor is excited to begin his next musical journey as the Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion Studies at William R. Boone High School in Orlando