Music Directors

Elizabeth Gott
Symphonic Band and Beginning Band

Jessica Whitson
Concert Band

Ms. Jessica Whitson has been the Concert Band Director for Knoxville Christian Youth Bands (KCYB) in Knoxville, Tennessee since 2018. Under her direction, concert band students have represented KCYB at ETSBOA and TSSBDA clinics as well as attended TSSBDA Concert Festival for the first time in 2019. Ms. Whitson has been involved with KCYB off and on since 2008 performing in the Jazz Band and serving as Assistant Band Director. In addition to her responsibilities with KCYB, she has taught music at Hardin Valley Elementary for five years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2020. She also serves in the orchestra at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.

Before coming to Knox County, Ms. Whitson served as Band Director at Scott High School, Fairview Elementary School, Huntsville Middle School, and Robbins Elementary School in Scott County, Tennessee from 2009–2015 and First Baptist Academy from 2008–2009. She is the co-founder of the Scott County Schools Middle School Band Camp and the Scott County Schools Solo and Ensemble Festival. Ms. Whitson’s students were among the first at their respective schools to attend TSSBDA and ETSBOA regional events as well as the Music in the Parks Festival held at Dollywood.

Ms. Whitson earned the Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University and Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman University. During her time at C-N, she performed with the Knoxville Wind Symphony, Marching Eagles (Woodwind Captain), Wind Ensemble (Principal Clarinet), Symphonic Band (Principal Clarinet), Lyric Theater Orchestra, and Clarinet Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Marshall Forrester, Mrs. Pat Bivens, Dr. Richard Scruggs, and Dr. Tara Scruggs. She was the 2007 Instrumental Performer’s Contest Winner, 2007 Delta Omicron Outstanding Senior, Lucile Russell Anderson Scholarship recipient, and Mary Elizabeth Smith Scholarship recipient. Ms. Whitson is a member of ETSBOA, TSSBDA, TMEA, NAfME, Delta Omicron, and Omicron Delta Kappa.