DIRECTORS

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Michael Chambless

Director of Bands

Education:

Bachelors of Science in Music Education from The University of Alabama

Experience:

Mr. Chambless is in his third year of teaching. Prior to teaching at Thompson

Middle School, he was the Band Director at Hillcrest and Duncanville Middle Schools in Tuscaloosa, AL. 

Bio:

Michael Chambless is in his eighth year as Director of Bands at Thompson Middle School, and his ninth year of teaching. Mr. Chambless is a native of Hoover, Alabama and a graduate of Hoover High School. 

 

Prior to his time at Thompson, Mr. Chambless began his teaching career at Hillcrest and Duncanville Middle Schools in Tuscaloosa, AL. His bands have consistently received superior rating at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. His bands have also performed in Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. The TMS Symphonic Band performed at the 2018 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival and the 2022 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference. He has served on staff at various summer music camps throughout the region and has also assisted with the Thompson High School Marching Southern Sounds. 

 

Mr. Chambless holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from The University of Alabama and a Masters in Music Education from the American Band College at Central Washington University. At UA, he was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Million Dollar Band, and studied saxophone with Dr. Jon Noffsinger. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, and Alabama Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Alabaster with his wife Cindy, who is a professional musician, and their daughter Caroline. 

 

At Thompson Middle School, Mr. Chambless conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band 2, and assists with Concert Band 1. He also teaches beginning band saxophone, clarinet, and flute classes.

Meredith Greene

Assistant Director

Education:

Bachelors of Science in Music Education from The University of Alabama

Masters in Music Education from The University of Alabama 

Experience:

Mrs. Greene is in her fourth year of teaching band and is in her second year at Thompson Middle School. She taught band for two years for Winfield City Schools before joining the faculty at TMS. Prior to teaching band, Mrs. Greene taught elementary music at Holt Elementary School in Tuscaloosa followed by teaching Pre-K music for the Tuscaloosa City Schools while attending graduate school at The University of Alabama.

Bio:

Mrs. Greene is a graduate of Winfield City High School in Winfield, Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama, earning her Bachelors degree in music education. Mrs. Greene was a member of many performing ensembles, including the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and many small ensembles. She was a mellophone section leader in the Million Dollar Band and was a member of the volleyball and basketball pep bands. After graduating, she taught elementary music at Holt Elementary School in Tuscaloosa. Following these experiences, Mrs. Greene earned her Masters degree in music education at The University of Alabama. She was a graduate teaching assistant with the music education department, which included assisting with undergraduate music education classes as well as teaching pre-K music for the Tuscaloosa City School System. Mrs. Greene also served as a staff member for the Million Dollar Band and continued to play horn with many of the university's performing ensembles. Mrs. Greene taught band for two years for Winfield City Schools and is now in her second year teaching band at Thompson Middle School.