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Jay JonesJay Jones

Director of Bands
Platte County High School

Woodwind Instructor
Platte City Middle School

Dr. Jay Jones has been the Director of Bands for the Platte County School District since 1998.  The 2020-2021 school year marks his thirty-first 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.

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.  The Wind Ensemble has performed in Orlando, Florida three times.  It has also performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference twice.  In the spring of 2018, the Wind Ensemble gave its debut performance at the Kauffman center for the Performing Arts.

Jones team teaches at the middle school level with the district’s four 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 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 served as Secretary for the Northwest District for over ten years and was President of the Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, International Wind Conductor’s Fraternity between 2018 and 2020.  Between 2000 and 2008 Jones served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Bandmaster’s Association. He also served as the President of the Platte County chapter of the Missouri State teachers Association for eight years.

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, Phi Beta Mu, and the College Band Director's National Association.  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 six times and has been listed in Who’s Who in the World in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Dr. Jones has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars and in 2018 he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  This past August, Dr. Jones received the Legacy in Education Award from the Smithville School District for his contributions to the professional growth and devlopment of one of their teachers and for the impact that teacher has had on their students.

2020-21 Daily Schedule - PCMS

3rd Hour - 10:05-10:53 - 6th Grade Band
4th Hour - 10:56-11:45 - 8th Grade Band
6th Hour - 1:06-1:54 - 7th Grade Flute/Sax/Clarinet

Contact Information

Phone: 816-858-2036 x. 2650