Jennifer Bodrie Jones, a Michigan native, is currently a band director at Westminster High School. Since 2011, she has been responsible for the instruction of the concert bands, orchestra and marching band. She also serves as the coordinator for the electronic music program, which has tripled in size since her tenure. During her tenure at Westminster High School, the Wind Ensemble has received consistent superior ratings and the Orchestra has received superior and excellent ratings at District Festival.
Jones started working with the Westminster High School Marching Band on staff in 2007 and has continued every year through present, including her student teaching internship in 2008. While serving as a director of the marching band, the Owls have continued their standard of excellence participating in US Bands (formerly USSBA) and Bands of America (BOA) circuits, taking high honors in captions of music, marching and general effect. During her tenure as Director of the marching band, the band was selected to represent the USS Maryland, WWII veterans, and the State of Maryland at the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Concert series in Hawaii. The band has since been asked to reprise their honor at the 75th Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Concert series in 2016, as well as one of only four bands requested and selected to participate in the memorial exercises for D-Day in Normandy, France in 2017.
Mrs. Jones has started several organizations and activities at Westminster High School since her tenure began, including a focus on a constant collaboration process between her fellow performing arts faculty. In 2011 she chartered the first Tri-M Honor Society at Westminster High School, an international organization dedicated to recognizing students for their academic and musical achievements, rewarding them for their accomplishments and service activities, and working to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. In 2013 the WHS Performing Arts Department hosted their first annual Performing Arts Showcase, which Jones and her fellow teachers worked tirelessly to put together highlighting the diverse and collaborative talents of their performing arts students/faculty.
Mrs. Jones has been nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Carroll County Public Schools multiple times including 2012 and 2014, and was selected for Who’s Who Among America Teachers in 2013.
A proud graduate of Carthage College, Mrs. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a music education emphasis. While at Carthage, Mrs. Jones participated in all aspects of the music department including choral and instrumental ensembles, repertoire building, and conducting. Jones studied clarinet, voice and conducting privately while at Carthage. She traveled across the United States and Europe as a member of the Carthage Choir, Carthage Women’s Ensemble, and Wind Orchestra. During her time with the Wind Orchestra she was also privileged to travel to Japan twice and participate in a residency at the Sakuyo Conservatory in Kurashiki, Japan. Along with her music interests, due to her high academic fortitude and quest for knowledge along with further travel experiences, Jones was accepted into a study abroad program at Oxford University, receiving honors. More recently, Mrs. Jones received her Masters of Education, emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the American InterContinental University in 2010. In the near future, Mrs. Jones is planning on starting a Doctorate of Musical Arts, with an emphasis in Music Education and Arts Integration at the secondary level.
Mrs. Jones studied clarinet privately with Timothy Bell who has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Skylight Opera, the Milwaukee Ballet and The Fireside Theater, as well as touring productions of Broadway shows. She studied voice privately with Nancy Henninger, a consummate opera and classical voice teacher as well as prolific performer in the United States and Europe, most recently in the Czech Republic and Germany. Mrs. Jones studied conducting for both choral and instrumental styles with Dr. Michael Burkhardt (organist, composer, choral director and guest performer/clinician) and continued her study privately with Dr. James Ripley, an active arranger and editor of wind ensemble music as well as guest clinician and conductor throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Mrs. Jones is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Maryland Band Directors Association (MBDA).
Mrs. Jones lives in Catonsville, Maryland with her loving and supportive husband Scott, along with their beloved dog Rufus Paddington.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, WHS Music Department 410.751.3630 x2262