Directors and Staff

Director of Bands:

Originally from Humboldt, Tennessee, Mr. Tate is the current Director of Bands at Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee. He began his tenure at Gibson County in 2006 and since then the band has consistently received superior ratings as both a marching and concert band. In 2011 (Division II), 2014 (Division I), 2017 (Division I), and most recently 2018 (Division I) the Gibson County High School Band was named the TN Marching Band State Champions. Under his direction, the band has performed a standstill concert at the Statue of Liberty (2010), marched in the Electric Parade in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (2014), and marched in the nation's longest running parade, The 257th Annual NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade (2018).  The band has been invited to march in the 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade in January.  In addition, the "Marching Pioneers" were the recipients of the "Marching Band of the Year Award" from the Tennessee Music Awards in 2018.  

His formal education includes the Humboldt City School System, The University of Memphis, and Bethel College.  In 2012, Mr. Tate was named the Gibson County School District's "Teacher of the Year" for the high school grade level and again in 2014 for the building level "Teacher of the Year" for Gibson County High School. Mr. Tate has consulted and taught numerous high schools, colleges, and drum corps in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Alabama; including but not limited to serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Bethel College now Bethel University (McKenzie, TN), serving as the visual caption head for the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and serving on the visual staff with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Tate is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the eastern United States.  His professional memberships include NAfME, WTSBOA, Central States Judges Association, adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and a former advisor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Music Fraternity and Sorority. He currently resides in Jackson with his wife Erika, daughters Katherine & Cassidy, and their dog Allie.
Assistant Directors:
 Frankie Leslie

Mr. Leslie is originally from Murray, KY and is the new Assistant Director of bands at Gibson County High School.  Mr. Leslie is also the director at Dyer Middle School and Elementary band instructor at Yorkville and Spring Hill. For the past six years Mr. Leslie was Director of Instrumental music at North Posey Junior and Senior High School in Poseyville, Indiana.  Mr. Leslie Marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-2010 and was also a visual technician in 2011 and 2012 seasons.  

Mr. Leslie is a 2012 graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Music in Education Degree and emphasis in Euphonium.  While at Murray State Mr. Leslie was also broadening his instrument spectrum by playing bass trombone in Murray States Jazz Band.  Mr. Leslie was also a Brass/Visual technician for his alma mater Murray High School from 2009-2013 marching band seasons.  Since graduating, Mr. Leslie has been a part of the summer community band program in Murray, KY on Euphonium and trombone.  

If band is not in session you will find him enjoying any of his outdoor activities ranging from golfing to fishing and hiking! 

Mr. Agee is originally from Halls, Tennessee and is the new Assistant Director of bands at Gibson County High School. Mr. Agee is also the Director of bands at Rutherford, Yorkville, and Spring Hill Jr. High. He has worked with many schools in West and Middle Tennessee including: Halls, Obion County, Union City, McNairy, and Lincoln County. Mr. Agee graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelors of Music. Professional memberships include NAfME, ITEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. 

Mr. Agee plays tuba for the UTM brass band and the Martin community band. He has also performed with the UTM Tuba/Euphonium ensemble at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. Mr. Agee also performs with a brass quintet comprised of area band directors. Mr. Agee currently resides in Union City with his wife Kacie.


Additional Staff:
Drum Major:                                                  
Sharon Sewell                  
 Color Guard:                                     
DeDe Johnson                       Samantha Dobson                                            


Tico Parson                               


Frankie Congiardo                Bill Laarz