JACKSON, Tenn. – You could say love has brought North Side High School’s new band director to the Jackson-Madison County School System – his love for music, of course, but also his bride-to-be. Jared Nobles has been hired by Principal Jason Bridgeman as North Side’s Director of Bands. In December, Nobles will marry Miranda Jackson, a teacher at East Elementary School. “This position allows us to be closer to one another and allows me to work in a band program that has a long tradition of excellence,” he said.
Nobles comes to North Side from Dyersburg High School, his alma mater, where he has served as Director of Bands for the past four years. “I believe music, band in particular, teaches lessons that extend far beyond the music room,” he stated. “It teaches students how to work together as a unit in pursuit of a common goal, how to cope with anxiety and promotes increased emotional development.”
A product of Harding Academy in Memphis and the Dyersburg City School System, Nobles earned his Bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee at Martin and his Master’s from the University of Kentucky. He is a woodwind specialist, with saxophone as his primary instrument.
Nobles says he doesn’t plan on making any significant changes immediately to the North Side band program. He hopes to use his first year as a time to learn and observe. “I am very excited to work alongside Mr. James Henning, one of the most highly regarded and experienced band directors in our area,” said Nobles. Henning, North Side’s assistant band director, has served as interim leader since February.
Summer break will include a lot of work for Nobles. “Any time you begin work with a new group of students, there is an adjustment and trust-building period,” he said. “I hope to move forward as quickly as possible.” Nobles said his students can expect him to be is fair but relentless in providing opportunities for them. “I can’t wait to begin working with these students and begin striving for excellence, both on the marching field and in the concert hall.”
The North Side Marching Band has four summer rehearsals scheduled in June. Band Camp will be held the week of July 23.