Dr. Jay Jones

Phone: 816-858-2822, ext. 1238


Degrees and Certifications:

BME - Central Methodist UniversityMSEd - Northwest Missouri State UniversityEdD - University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Jay Jones

Director of Bands….

Dr. Jay Jones is currently in his seventeenth year as Director of Bands for the Platte County School District and twenty fifth year of teaching in the state of Missouri. 

Jones holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University, a Master of Science in Teaching Instrumental Music from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 Dr. Jones has developed a reputation for building outstanding band programs. During his six years as Director of Bands for the Stewartsville C-II school district, Jones built an exceptional 1A band program, earning both state and national recognition, as well as performing for Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan. In 1995, the Stewartsville concert band earned the overall Sweepstakes Award at the Gateway Music Festival in St. Louis. The following year, the concert band was invited to perform for the Missouri Music Educator’s Association; both accomplishments were firsts in the school’s history. In 1998, Jones left Stewartsville to become Director of Bands for the Platte County R-3 school district.  During his tenure, enrollment in the instrumental music program has increased significantly. As a result, Platte County High School now offers two marching bands and three concert bands. The “Pride” Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble, both established under Jones’ tenure, have been heralded for their accomplishments and performances. In 2009, the Wind Ensemble earned the William Revelli Award at the Festivals of Music in St. Louis for outstanding performance by a concert ensemble.  Recently, the Wind Ensemble traveled to Orlando, Florida, performing works by Samuel Barber and Dimitri Shostakovich.

 Jones team teaches at the middle school level with the district’s two other instrumental music teachers and oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program at Platte County. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Jones serves as Coordinator of the Wilson Center for the Performing Arts at Platte County High School, is the fine arts department chair, serves as President of the Platte County chapter of the Missouri State Teacher’s Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Platte County Education Foundation, the philanthropic extension of the Platte County School District. Dr. Jones also serves on various local and state committees in an advisory capacity. 

 Jones served as an audition judge for the Missouri All-State Band for seven years and has performed as saxophonist with the National Wind Ensemble sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Jones is frequently in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for area school and conference bands. He has also served as a member of the conducting faculty at the Northwest Missouri State University summer music camp for multiple years. 

 Jones has held leadership positions at the conference, district, and state levels. He has served as President of the North Central Missouri Bandmaster’s Association, Band Vice-President and President of the Northwest District of the Missouri Music Educators Association. He continues to serve as Secretary for the Northwest District and is President-Elect of the Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, International Wind Conductor’s Fraternity.  Between 2000 and 2008 Jones served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Bandmaster’s Association. As Membership Chairman for that organization, Jones, along with Al Sergel, Director of Bands Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, conceived and implemented an outreach program designed to assist young band directors throughout the state. The product of their efforts was a resource manual entitled “Building Better Bands.” It was this theme of fostering the successes of young teachers which Jones further developed into his doctoral dissertation by developing a dialogic evaluation model for assessing student teacher perceptions of preparedness.

 Dr. Jones’ professional affiliations have included the Missouri State Teacher’s Association, the Missouri Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu. Dr. Jones has received the national Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award seven times and was listed in the 2005-2006 National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. Dr. Jones has been honored with the inclusion of his biography in Who’s Who in American Education twice. Additionally, Dr. Jones has been awarded the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award sponsored by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City in 2008 and 2014. Jones’ professional biography has been included in Who’s Who in America four times and has been listed in Who’s Who in the World in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Most recently Jones was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.