Phone: 256-772-2547 ext. 432
Degrees and Certifications:
Advanced High School Diploma, Winfield City High School (2005) B.S. in Instrumental Music Education, University of Alabama (2010) M.A. in Instrumental Music Education, University of Alabama (2012)
Leigh Thomas (Director of Bands) graduated from Winfield City High School in 2005 as salutatorian of her class, as well as an All-State percussionist. She received an undergraduate degree in 2010 and a graduate degree in 2012 from the University of Alabama. During her time at the University of Alabama, she participated in the Million Dollar Band percussion section and served as a drum major for three years. She also performed in the Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, Volleyball Pep Band, and Women’s Basketball Pep Band. Additionally, she has been a private conducting teacher, graduate teaching assistant, percussion instructor and arranger, and drill designer.
Ms. Thomas served as the Assistant Band Director for BJHS from 2012-2015, where she directed the competition marching band, indoor drumline, jazz band, and concert band. Ms. Thomas accepted the position of Director of Bands beginning fall 2015. She currently teaches the competition marching band, football marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, and assists with color/winter guard, marching/winter percussion, concert band, and the Discovery Middle School band program. The Bob Jones High School band program has had many prestigious performance opportunities recenty, including the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference (Wind Ensemble), the 2019 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference (Percussion Ensemble), and the 2019 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival (Wind Ensemble).
She currently performs with the Alabama Winds, an adult band based in Birmingham, AL. This prestigious group is a two-time guest ensemble at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference (2015 & 2019) and also a feature performing group at the 2017 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic.