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Director of Bands: Jordan Simms
Mr. Jordan Simms is a 2010 graduate of Herculaneum High School. He has always had a love for music and once he started college, the path of music education was a no brainer. He attended Jefferson College and then transferred to Missouri State University where he graduated with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During college Mr. Simms performed as a member of Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Basketball Pep Band, the MSU Pride Marching Band, and a performance group known as “Brass and Sass”. He is currently working on his Masters of Music Education through Central Methodist University. Mr. Simms is finishing his 7th year as a Band Director, having worked 2 years as the K-12 music teacher at Calhoun, and 2 years as the prek-12 music teacher at Ellington before becoming the head Band Director at Potosi. He was fortunate enough to also coach Volleyball, Basketball, and Baseball, including being a part of the Ellington baseball team that won State in 2019. He currently lives in Ironton with Ariel, his amazing wife of 8 years, their son Gideon and his 2 dogs and 1 cat.
Assistant Director: Odell Jackson
Mr. Odell Jackson is a 2003 graduate of Potosi High School. Music has always been a passion and he knew instrumental music education was his calling. He graduated from UM-St. Louis in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Music Education (magna cum laude). This 2021 year will be his 5th year in education and he is excited to continue with his career in his hometown. Mr. Jackson specializes in percussion, having studied under the direction of Professor Matt Henry. He has performed in many ensembles which includes the University Wind Ensemble, University Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra, and several jazz combos. Mr. Jackson has also studied a wide variety of world percussion with an emphasis in West African drumming. Under the mentorship of Professor Gary Brandes, Mr. Jackson successfully completed his student teaching at Seckman High School. While at Seckman, he worked with the marching band as a field technician, assistant drumline instructor, and director of the beginning jazz band. Mr. Jackson resides in Potosi with his wife April and their three wonderful children, Odie, Jaiden, and Liana.
Color Guard Instructor: Emily Cinciripini
Ms. Emily Cinciripini graduated from Ste. Genevieve High School in 2002. She studied instrumental music at Mizzou, specializing in woodwinds, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2007. She continued her education with a Master’s degree (2014) and Education Specialist certification (2018), both in Curriculum and Instruction, from Missouri Baptist University. Ms. Cinciripini taught K-12 Music, Band, and Choir for two years in northwest Missouri before moving back to the area. She has been the general music teacher at Trojan Intermediate School for 10 years. Outside of school, Ms. Cinciripini directs the TIS Select Choir and Washington County Children’s Choir, and is a member of the St. Louis branch of the American Recorder Society.