Derrick Jackson is currently in his 14th year of teaching in Georgia public schools. He is in his sixth year as director of bands and also at the Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts. He currently leads a program comprised of two jazz combos, big band and 3 symphonic bands. Prior to coming to the Magnet School full-time, he served as band director at Morrow Middle School and music teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School. Mr. Jackson has also had the privilege of conducting the All-County Middle and High School bands and the All-County Musical "Joseph","Willy Wonka" pit and the Stilwell School of the Arts musical performances of "Aida", "Footloose" and the Shuler Hensley Musical Awards Honorable Mention for Best Pit Orchestra "Shrek", “Ragtime" and also, "A Chorus Line." Mr. Jackson's symphonic bands have earned 7 superior awards at large group performance evaluation at the District 6 East evaluation held at the Henry County performing arts center and Starr's Mill High School. Derrick's students have earned places in the district, all-state and jazz all-state bands in Georgia.
Derrick received the Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Florida A&M University and the Master of Education degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Jackson, also, has served as middle school lead band director and currently serves as a lead high school band director of Clayton County Public Schools. He wrote the middle school band curriculum for all 6th through 8th grade band programs in the Clayton County School district. In 2013, Mr. Jackson was selected by the state of Georgia, as a member of the GACE committee for the music education certification examination. Mr. Jackson was appointed to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Fine Arts Task for the State of Georgia.
This spring, Derrick conducted the Georgia Music Educator's Associations District 5 Middle School Jazz Honor Band. Derrick also had the priveldged of conducting the Shorter College Honor Band in Rome Georgia. Also,this summer, Derrick was a clinician and conductor for the Joe Gransden 2nd Annual Jazz Camp held at Cambridge High School in Milton, Georgia. During this week long day camp, Mr. Jackson conducted a 20 piece big band, taught trombone pedagogy and also, lead one of two middle school jazz combos represented at the camp.
"I believe all students can achieve success in music and academics just as long as the teacher believes in the student."