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David Aydelott

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, David Aydelott is the Director of Bands at Siegel High School in the Rutherford County Tennessee School District.


Before this appointment, Mr. Aydelott served as Fine Arts Director in Williamson County Schools for two years and taught band for 27 years in Tennessee, most recently at Franklin High School.    

During Mr. Aydelott’s first year at Siegel, Governor Bill Lee presented the band with the Tennessee Governor’s Cup.  At Concert Performance Assessment, the Wind Ensemble received the “Award of Distinction,” presented by the American School Band Director’s Association.   With the 2022-2023 school year being the 20th year of Siegel High, the Siegel Band is commissioning Tyler Grant to compose a work to commemorate this momentous occasion.  Additionally, the Siegel Music department is partnering with the Music Education department at Middle Tennesse State University to create a pathway for music education students to complete their Field Experience placements at SHS.   


During his time at Franklin, the Franklin Wind Ensemble performed at the Music for All National Festival and twice performed the honor concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference. In addition, the Franklin Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2013 and 2017 Music for All National Percussion Festival, the 2014 TnMEA Conference, and brass and woodwind chamber ensembles performed at the 2015, 2017, and 2019 Music for All National Chamber Music Festival.   On five occasions, the Franklin Band was named Grand Champion of Middle Tennessee State University's "Contest of Champions." An active participant in Bands of America events, Franklin was a regional finalist, class champion, regional champion, and a three-time National Class AAA Runner Up at the BOA Grand National Championships. In 2014 Franklin was awarded the Sudler Shield, sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.    


A recipient of the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit and the Citation of Excellence, Mr. Aydelott is an active clinician and arranger and serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America. As part of their 40th Anniversary, Music for All named David Aydelott to the "Forty for Forty," a list of educators who made a difference in Music for All's history. In December of 2014, the John Philip Sousa Foundation named Mr. Aydelott a Laureate of the Bandworld "Legion of Honor." Mr. Aydelott has held leadership positions in several professional music education associations and is currently President of the Tennessee Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He was also a member of the Education Council for the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife Renee have two children, Katherine and Meredith.   

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