Jay McArthur - Director                                         Brad Parks - Associate Director       
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Jay McArthur, Director of the Choctawhatchee Style Marchers, comes with a twenty-eight-year career in Mississippi which included four years in Kosciusko as the junior high school band director, thirteen years in Quitman as the Director of Bands, and eleven years in Ridgeland where he was the Director of Bands for the Ridgeland Attendance Zone and Ridgeland High School's founding band director. McArthur's bands are consistently recognized for their quality including a tradition of All Superior ratings and 2 State Marching Band Championships for the Ridgeland High School Band.  He has served on the Executive Board of the East Central Mississippi Band Directors Association, Mississippi High School Activities Association Legislative Council, the Advisory Board for the National Federation of State High School Associations, and has recently completed a second term on the Mississippi Bandmasters Association Executive.  In so doing, McArthur was the first person in 40 years to be elected to the Mississippi board for a second time.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi, McArthur was a charter member of Memphis Blues Brass Band in 1980, a marching staff member of the 1987 Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps, and percussion caption head and program coordinator for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 1994-1996.  Further, he has been on staff with the International Champion Mississippi Lions All-State Band numerous times, and was percussion instructor the 1986 Florida Bandmasters All-Star Marching Band.  His performance experiences include the Tupelo Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Symphonic Winds.

An active clinician, adjudicator, and consultant for bands and events across the country, McArthur is also a member of Phi Beta Mu, Gulf Coast Judges Association, Mississippi Indoor Association, and is especially honored by his association with Winter Guard International's percussion division.

McArthur is the son of Mississippi Hall of Fame Band Directors John and Edythe McArthur.  Jay is married to the former Amy Lewis of Quitman, MS.  They have two sons, John Thomas, III, and Cadden Moore, and are guarded by the fierce Yorkshire terrier, Lily.

Brad Parks is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Choctawhatchee High School.  He is a native of Boca Raton, Florida, and received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Certificate in Special Education from the Florida State University.  While pursuing his undergraduate degree Mr. Parks served as the Assistant Drum Major of the world-renowned Marching Chiefs for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  Mr. Parks also served as the state President of the Florida National Association for Music Education Collegiate and held a seat on the Florida Music Educators Association Board of Directors.

Mr. Parks remains active within the marching arts outside of the classroom.  He is currently serving on the brass faculty with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.  Prior to teaching with the Troopers he worked with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps and the Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps.  Before "aging-out" from Drum Corps International, Mr. Parks was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps.

The 2013-2014 school year will mark the first year of Mr. Parks' public school teaching career.  His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association.

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