Welcome to our new Color Guard Director Douglas Edens

Attention James F. Byrnes Band Family,

We finally have a new color guard director. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in marching band and winterguard. he was highly recommended by some top color guard legends including Joseph Heininger https://yea.org/57-biography/988-joe-heininger-bioand many other top directors in WGI and BOA.
We will be scheduling a time soon where students can meet him and learn more information. Let’s all make Mr. Edens feel welcome and make him glad that he chose James F. Byrnes High School! He can do some amazing things for our guard program and that starts with our support.
Here is his bio highlighting his experience and accomplishments:

Douglas Edens is entering his 14th year of teaching colorguard. His teaching career began at Pulaski County High School in Pulaski, Virginia, where he taught from 2004-2009.  Mr. Edens was instrumental in growing the PCHS guard program from 9 students to over 20 within his first year as an instructor. He then took over the color guard at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio, from 2009-2016 where his guard won 3 BOA regionals, a WGI regional, and placed 2nd and 3rd place in the Ohio Indoor Performing Arts State Championship. Along with these accomplishments, Mr. Edens started the college Color Guard and Winter Guard programs at Notre Dame College located in South Euclid, Ohio.   Upon moving to Tennessee, he became the Color Guard Director for Siegel High School. Under his instruction, the guard program doubled in size to 60 members and he was able to start a successful Winter Guard program, consisting of both Junior Varsity and Varsity groups. He is also a program coordinator and consultant to many programs in the southeast. Along with judging guard for fall and winter guard competitions, he has also been on staff with the Capital Regiment Drum Corps, Phoenix Independent, Northpoint Independent, Rangerettes Independent Winter Guard, and The Mark Winter Guard.
In his youth, Mr. Edens was an active performer, appearing with the Pulaski High School Band, Capital Regiment Drum Corps, DCI Honor Corps, The Study Independent Winter Guard, and the Juxtaposition Independent Winter Guard.
Outside of working with bands, Mr. Edens enjoys spending time with his Siberian husky, Nala, and traveling.

Welcome, Mrs. Joanne Ma


Welcome to our new Front Ensemble Director Mrs. Joanne Ma!
Joanne will be teaching Music at our new fine arts magnet Duncan Elementary School of the Arts. She will also be working full time with the Rebel Regiment as Front Ensemble Director.  We are thrilled she will be joining us and welcome her and her husband to District Five.

Check out Mrs. Ma’s Bio!

Congratulations to Our 2018 Rebel Regiment Drum Majors

Connor Whaley (Center)
Auburn Collins
Annsley Schwab
Carley Willis (Backfield)

Welcome, Mr. Eric Bell!

We are very excited to announce that we have a newly added band director to the District Five team. Mr. Eric Bell will be joining us this fall. He will be teaching at Florence Chapel, D.R. Hill and assisting with the Rebel Regiment. Eric was himself a member of the Rebel Regiment and was Drum Major his Senior year with a State champion band that year.

He returned to District Five after getting his degree and spent many years here during a time of great success for all levels of the band program.  He was very instrumental in helping build this program to a nationally recognized band. We are thrilled that he will be back with us and look forward to him being a part of the District Five Band Team!

Check out Mr. Bell’s Bio!