Department of Music & Theatre
Dr. Edd Jones
Dr. Edd Jones is a native of Eclectic, Alabama. After graduation from Elmore County High School, he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Alabama and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands at UNA, Dr. Jones held band director positions at Opelika High School and Elmore County High School. He was assistant director of the University of Southern Mississippi Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of West Alabama (Livingston University). He began his tenure at UNA in 1978 and retired in August of 2000. Currently, Dr. Jones serves the University as Band Liaison and trumpet teacher. During his 22 years at UNA, the marching band, under his tutelage, was known for its precision marching and musical sound. The “Pride of Dixie” performed at 16 Division II National Championship games and made numerous national television appearances. The Concert and Jazz Bands were integral parts of the band program during his reign - playing for numerous concerts on and off campus. In 1997, the Concert Band, under his direction, performed for the Alabama Music Education Association Conference held on the Auburn University campus. During 1998, 1999, and 2000 the Jazz Band performed at numerous schools through out the state as part of the Alabama State Council on the Arts rural touring program. Dr. Jones is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association and the International Jazz Educators Association. In 1997 he joined his high school band director, Truman Welch and his college band director, Col. Carlton K. Butler, as a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame.