Mr. Jacques Jones is in his second year as Director of Bands at Rockdale County High School. He served as the Assistant Band Director at RCHS in 2018-2019.
Mr. Jones graduated from Burke County High School in Waynesboro, GA in 2003 where he was an active member of the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. Mr. Jones began his college career at Georgia Southern University, where he served as Baritone Section Leader in the Southern Pride Marching Band, Principal Euphonium in the Wind Ensemble, and Leader of the Tuba/Euphonium quartet. Mr. Jones later transferred to Augusta State University and served as Principal Euphonium in the Wind Ensemble and Principal Trombone in the Orchestra and Jazz Band.
Mr. Jones earned his Bachelors of Music with a minor in Communications from Augusta State University in 2008. He earned his Masters in Music Education from the same University in 2011. He later earned his Educational Specialist in Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2015.
Mr. Jones began his teaching career in 2008 in the Burke County Public School System where he served as Band Director at Burke County Middle School from 2008-2017. His passion for music, teaching & learning, and building positive relationships helped to grow the program from 115 to over 300 students. His Middle School Bands have earned numerous Superior Ratings at LGPE and have won multiple First Place Honors in Concert Band Competitions such as Music in the Parks and OrlandoFest.
Mr. Jones embraced the opportunity to teach at the high school level by accepting the position as Director of Bands for Burke County High School in 2017. His marching band earned multiple Superior Ratings at Statewide competitions in the area of Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, Visual, and Music. His Concert Bands earned Excellent and Superior Ratings in both Stage Performance and Sight-Reading at LGPE. At Rockdale County High School, bands under his instruction have earned Superior and Excellent Ratings in both marching and concert adjudications. The Marching Bulldogs are the reigning Class AA Champions of the Northwest Georgia Marching Band Championships. They earned Best in Class Distinctions in every caption
Mr. Jones is often sought after to clinic area Middle and High School Bands as well as serve as guest adjudicator. In 2013 he had the honor of being the Clinician for the Aiken County Middle School Honor Band in South Carolina.
In his free time, Mr. Jones loves to read, cook, play board games, visit amusement parks, and spend quality time with family and friends.
His professional affiliations are NAfME, GMEA, and PAGE.
Director of Bands
Mr. Anthony Pickard, III is a native of Decatur, Georgia and a graduate of Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, AL where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and his Master's of Education.
Mr. Pickard served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Cedar Grove High School for four years. Mr. Pickard was also a Graduate Assistant for the Alabama A & M University Bands from 2014-2016. While at Alabama A & M University as a Graduate Assistant he worked with the Marching Maroon and White Band and the Wind Ensemble. Mr. Pickard received his first teaching experience as a student teacher at the Academy of Sciences and Foreign Languages for Grades K-8 and Huntsville High School. Mr. Pickard, a tubist, has had the pleasure in being part of two different ensembles while he lived in Huntsville--the Huntsville Concert Band and the Twickenham Winds.
Prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Bands at Rockdale County High School, Mr. Pickard served as the Director of Bands at Cedar Grove Middle School in Decatur, GA, where he led several ensembles performing around the
Anthony Pickard, III
Assistant Director of Bands
community. The CGMS ensembles consisted of Pep Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and THE DRUMLINE. These different ensembles have garnered many first-place victories and superior ratings. A notable accomplishment for the CGMS Band was recording the soundtrack to "Despicable Me" at the Universal Sound Design Stage.
Mr. Pickard is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and NAfME. Mr. Pickard lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his beautiful wife, Jessica who has been trailblazing the school counseling profession.
Mr. & Mrs. Pickard are the parents of two fur dogs named Rudy and Khloe, who happen to have their own Instagram account.
Director of Bands, Conyers MS
Mr. Kyle Cossey is in his first year as the Director of Bands Conyers Middle School.
He is a 2013 graduate of Westlake High School in Fulton County where he was a member of the concert band, jazz band, and marching band. Mr. Cossey attended Alabama State University where he performed with the University Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Alabama Intercollegiate Band. He served as the head section leader of the Mighty Marching Hornet Trumpet Section and Principal Saxophonist in the University Wind Ensemble. He also served as the Music Director for the Delta Beta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity of America Inc. Mr. Cossey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Saxophone Performance in 2017.
Mr. Cossey began his teaching career as the first Music Program Director for A.P.E.C. Learning Center in 2018. In the same year, he left to teach full-time as the Director of Bands at Hampton Middle School in Henry County, where he also served as the Assistant Band Director for the Hampton High School Purple and Gold Brigade. Under Mr. Cossey’s direction the HMS Band program experienced tremendous growth both in numbers and in the development of their musicality and skill, earning their first superior rating at LGPE in his first year as director. Mr. Cossey also began teaching private lessons at TLS Music in 2018 and he continues to provide specialized instruction to his woodwind and brass students of all age groups. He was an integral part of music education in the Hampton cluster prior to his acceptance at Conyers Middle School.
This year, Mr. Cossey is excited to be joining the Rockdale cluster and looks forward to inspiring and motivating the students at CMS and RCHS through their love of music!
Rockdale County High School Band takes the time to recognize our past directors who contributed to developing the program we have today.
Conrad Leo (1977–1979)
Roger Wolfe (1979–2007)
Scott Stanton (2007-2012)
Christopher Coleman (2012-2015)
R. Kevin Brown (2015-2019)