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 both 2011 (Division II)  and 2014 (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) and marched in the Electric Parade in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (2014). 

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 with 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, 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:

Mrs. McMinn is from Trenton, Tennessee and is the assistant band director for Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee. She is the director of sixth grade bands at the Yorkville and Spring Hill schools and the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands at Dyer Junior High School. During her time as assistant, the Gibson County Marching Pioneers were named Tennessee Division II State Championships in 2011.

Mrs. McMinn is a 2004 graduate of Peabody High School in Trenton. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin where she served as field commander for the Marching Skyhawks for four years and a member of the Clarinet Choir and the Wind Ensemble.
Mrs. McMinn has worked with several West Tennessee high school band camps in the woodwind and field commander areas. She is an active member of WTSBOA and an alumni of Sigma Alpha Iota. She currently resides in Trenton, Tennessee.

Wesley Brockman

Mr. Brockman is from Milan, Tennessee and is the current Assistant Director of bands at Gibson County High School. Mr. Brockman also is the Director of Rutherford, Yorkville, and Spring Hill Jr. High bands. Mr. Brockman has worked with many band programs in West and Middle Tennessee including: Ripley, Medina, Milan, McKenzie, Huntingdon, Madison Academic, and Lewis County. Mr. Brockman graduated from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education (Cum Laude). Professional memberships include NAfME, WTSBOA, and Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity.

Mr. Brockman plays saxophone and woodwinds in musicals and events around West Tennessee. Mr. Brockman largest event was performing with the New York Broadway stars from the “Jersey Boys” musical. He currently resides in Greenfield with his wife Anna as of June 2013.

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


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