DIRECTORS

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Jacques Jones

Director of Bands

Mr. Jacques Jones is in his third 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. 

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Mr. Malcolm J. Watson is beginning his first year as Assistant Director of Bands at Rockdale County High School.

One of the rising music educators in the State of Georgia, Mr.Watson, teaches locally in the Metro Atlanta area as a clinician and an advocate for music. He has worked in band programs in Bartow, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Hall, and Henry County Schools. He is graduate of Luella High School in Locust Grove, GA where he participated in the concert band, marching band, and jazz ensemble. In 2021, Mr.Watson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Georgia State University where he previously spent his student teaching at Dutchtown High School and Stephenson Middle School.


His primary instrument is Euphonium, with proficiencies in Tuba, Trombone, and Piano. During his education at GSU, Malcolm has performed in various ensembles that include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, GSU Jazz Big Band, Emory Jazz Ensemble, GSU Marching Panther Band, Panther Basketball Band, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, Sweet N’ Low Brass Ensemble, and Trombone Choir. His private Euphonium instructors include Jason Casanova,  

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Eric Bubacz, and Adam Frey. He has also had conducting opportunities with the GSU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and Wind Orchestra as the winner of the 2020 Undergraduate Conducting Competition.

 

Mr. Watson is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). His previous leadership roles involved being the section leader for the GSU Low Brass section, Music Committee Chair, and President of the Nu Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. His leisurely activities include making electronic music, hiking, watching basketball, enjoying delicious food, and playing chess.

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Kyle Cossey

Director of Bands, Conyers MS

Mr. Kyle Cossey is in his second 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. He earned his Master's in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2021.  

 

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!  

PAST DIRECTORS

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)