Jason Sneath – jsneath@jeffcityschools.org

In his first year with Jefferson High School, Mr. Sneath’s responsibilities include the director of the Dragon Regiment Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and director of the JHS Jazz Ensemble. He was previously at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA for 11 years. While at GWA, their marching and concert programs achieved many great accolades including a national championship for the marching band, 5 US Army All-American band members, several students who went on to march DCI and numerous superior ratings for their concert programs.

Mr. Sneath was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Georgia in the early 80′s. He is a graduate of McEachern High School in Cobb County where he was section leader and band captain for the Marching Indian Band, principal trumpet in the McEachern Wind Ensemble, and principal trumpet in the McEachern Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, he was also a participant in the District 12 Honor Band, Georgia All-State Band and the McDonald’s All-Star Jazz Band. Upon graduating, Jason furthered his studies at the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Sudler Award winning Georgia Redcoat Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Derbies and Trumpet Ensemble. He then went on to play in a professional swing band and toured the country for the next five years. At the conclusion of his time on the road, Mr. Sneath then completed his studies at Kennesaw State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Education. While at KSU, Mr. Sneath was a member of the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, KSU Jazz Ensemble, and the KSU Brass Ensemble. Mr. Sneath studied trumpet with Mark Hughes and conducting with Peter Witte, Alexander Mickelthwaite and Michael Walters. Jason has strong ties to George Walton Academy and has worked with their marching band as a staff member for many years. Previously, Mr. Sneath was on faculty at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia, as a Faculty Fellow and Assistant Director of Bands. Mr. Sneath has also worked with several other prominent band programs in the area including Peachtree Ridge High School, Wheeler High School, Harrison High School and South Forsyth High School. Most recently, Mr. Sneath was part of the 2011 Drum Corps International Finalist Spirit of Atlanta Brass Staff as one of the mellophone techs. Jason is a member of GMEA, MENC, National Bandmasters Assoc. and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity.

Mr. Sneath lives in Winder, GA with his wonder dog, Moxie.

Michael Pace – mpace@jeffcityschools.org

Mr. Pace is in his sixth year of teaching as Director of Bands at Jefferson Middle School. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in both Music Education and Music Performance from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in May 2011. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Pace played clarinet withthe UGA Wind Ensemble, the UGA Symphony Orchestra, the UGA Wind Symphony,the UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, as well as the UGA Southern Wind Quintet.Mr. Pace has also played with groups in the Athens – Atlanta area such as the Athens Town and Gown Players and the Agnes Scott College Orchestra. He also performed solo with the UGA Concert Band in Spring 2010.

Michael Pace studied clarinet at the University of Georgia with Dr. D. Ray McClellan. He studied conducting with Dr. John Lynch and Dr. Gregg Gausline.
He received the Hugh L. Hodgson Award and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholastic Award upon graduating college. Mr. Pace was winner of the 2010 Conducting Apprenticeship and was honored to conduct a selection with the UGA Symphonic Band. He was also recipient of the Hoadley Family Clarinet Scholarship in Spring 2010. Michael Pace is a proud brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a member of MENC and GMEA. He was honored to be named Teacher of the Year for Jefferson Middle School in 2015.

Mr. Pace resides in Atlanta.

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