DIRECTOR OF BANDS ~ JONATHON HOLMES
Jonathon Holmes, a native of Madisonville, KY graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School (2006). He attended the University of Kentucky and received his BMME (2011) BM in Saxophone Performance (2011), and his ME Teacher Leader Degree (2016) from Lindsey Wilson College.
In the fall of 2011, Mr. Holmes began his teaching career in Columbia Kentucky. He served as the Director of Bands at the Adair County Middle School, and Assistant Director of Bands at the Adair County High School (at the time, a 21 time state champion and 4 time national champion band program). His accomplishments during his tenure, include numerous distinguished ratings at KMEA ensemble concert band festivals with his middle school bands. Mr. Holmes also helped the Adair County High School achieve 3 KMEA State Finals appearances, and 1 State Finals championship (2011).
In 2014, Mr. Holmes took over as the Director of Bands at the Glasgow Scottie Band program, where the marching band received their highest KMEA state ranking in the year of a new band director. His accomplishments include numerous distinguished ratings at KMEA ensemble concert band festivals with both the High School and Middle School bands, as well as 3 KMEA State Marching Finals appearances (2015, 2018 in KMEA Class 2A, and again in 2019 in KMEA Class 3A ). In addition, the Glasgow Scottie Marching Band was invited to perform in Washington DC 2016 National Memorial Day Parade.
During the 2019 KMEA annual meeting, Holmes was nominated and awarded the 2019 Most Outstanding Young Band Director Award, presented by the International Bandmaster's Fraternity Phi Beta Mu.
Holmes has performed in numerous countries, including France, China, and Switzerland. Two of these performance groups (UK Mega Sax and UK Jazz Ensemble) have been up for nomination for Grammy Awards in the past. Mr. Holmes is active in the band and arts community in the Glasgow area, as well as across the state and is an active believer that “Music Matters.”
Mr. Holmes is married to Cortney Holmes. They are the proud parents of their son, Rowen Holmes, and daughter, Campbell Holmes . Mr. Holmes loves to hunt, and fish, and finds peace in doing these things with family and friends.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ~ DOUG SMITH
Doug Smith is in his 35th year of teaching, (21 years in Hillsborough County, Florida and 14 in Glasgow Independent Schools). He attended Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earned his Master’s Degree in Curriculum specializing in Educational Technology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
During his career, Mr. Smith has taught Elementary General Music, Middle School Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. He has also taught General Music, Chorus, Orchestra, Band, and Bagpipe Ensemble at the High School level.
In addition, he has also served several churches in Indiana, Florida, and Kentucky as Music Director, plus has participated in various hand-bell ensembles, choral groups, orchestras, community bands, and has performed as a professional singer. His primary instrument is the Tuba, but also plays piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, and bagpipes.
COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR ~ BONNIE CRAVENS
Bonnie Cravens has been active in the visual performing arts and band program since her time as a student in the Russell County High school band program. Her current role as color guard/visual caption head of the Glasgow Scottie Band program has helped the band reach new heights and achieve success at KY Marching Band Championships. Bonnie has helped many other groups to reach their potential and is responsible for the Scottie Band’s Color Guard growth since her time on staff in 2019
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR~BEN SMITH
Ben is a 2010 graduate of Glasgow High School, and has been a part of the Glasgow Scottie Band program for 10 years. Throughout high school, Ben was a member of the marching band and served as the section leader of the percussion section for three years. Ben was also involved in several percussion ensembles at Glasgow, all of which receiving distinguished ratings. During Ben’s time as student at Glasgow, he was invited to play in the Western Kentucky University Honors Band.
In 2010, Ben was hired to come back as a percussion instructor for the Scottie marching band, and helped them win their first state championship since 1986. The marching band program since the 2010 season has went on to reach state finals four of the last five years, while also winning two more state championships in 2012 and 2013.
Ben is now a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is looking to pursue a career in physical therapy.
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR~NATHON WILKERSON
Nathan is a freelance composer, arranger, session musician residing in South Central KY. He revived a Bachelors degree in Music Theory & Composition and Percussion Performance from Campbellsville University in 2011.
Since 2005, Nathan has been instructing, arranging, and consulting for many marching bands across the state of Kentucky. Since his career start, Nathan and his various groups have revived many Gold medals, as well as many Silver and Bronze, through out KMEA, BOA, WGI, Tri-State, SCGC and Mid-States circuits.
Currently Nathan resides in Munfordville, KY where he runs nathanraywilkerson.com and his private studio, Wilky Ray Studios. From there he not only works in the marching band world, but also the commercial music industry and film industry.