THE ROCKVALE BAND
The Rockvale Band will begin its inaugural season in the late summer of 2019. While utilizing the latest technology and modern designs the band will look and sound like no other.
Alex Sears is entering his 10th year of teaching and his 1st year as the Director of Bands at the new Rockvale High School. Prior to his appointment at Rockvale, Mr. Sears taught at Blackman Middle School, Siegel High School, Eagleville School, Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School, and Marshall County High School. During his time at these schools, his concert, jazz, and marching bands regularly achieved superior ratings at local, regional, and national festivals and competitions.
A graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, Mr. Sears received his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education. During his time at TTU, Mr. Sears was an active performer with the Symphony Band, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Troubadours Jazz Band, the Trombones at Tech Trombone Choir, and the world renowned Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. He spent two summers marching with the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA, and won the 2006 DCI Individual & Ensemble gold medal for trombone. Currently, Mr. Sears performs around the region with a number of ensembles including the Music City Swing big band and The Undertones.
Mr. Sears is a member of MTSBOA, the Tennessee Music Education Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Mr. Sears currently resides in Murfreesboro with his wife, Sara, his daughter, Lily, and their dogs, Hazel and Tucker.
Chris Lowry is excited to be a part of the inaugural year of the Rockvale Band. He has previously taught at LaVergne Middle School and Smyrna Middle School, and is currently pursing the Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Middle Tennessee State University.
Prior to graduating from MTSU with his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education, Mr. Lowry performed with the MTSU Band of Blue, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Salsa Band. He also marched in the drum line of the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and with Music City Mystique Percussion Ensemble in 2013 and 2015.
Mr. Lowry is an Innovative Percussion Artist. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, and is the current webmaster for MTSBOA.
Mr. Lowry resides in Smyrna with his wife Rebecca, who is the band director at Mill Creek Middle School in Nolensville.