THS band director named state Bandmaster of Year

Thompson High School Director of Bands Jon Bubbett, center, bows during a recent concert at the school. Bubbett received the state Bandmaster of Year award on April 17. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Thompson High School Director of Bands Jon Bubbett, center, bows during a recent concert at the school. Bubbett received the state Bandmaster of Year award on April 17. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – During his years leading Thompson High School’s bands, Jon Bubbett has followed a simple philosophy.

“I just try to keep my head down and do my job,” Bubbett said during an April 20 phone interview. “I didn’t expect to get anything like this.”

Bubbett and his family traveled to Mobile on April 17 to attend the all-state band festival, and came back with a prestigious award. During the trip, Bubbett received the Bandmaster of the Year award from the Rho chapter of the Phi Beta Mu international bandmasters fraternity.

Each year, the chapter votes to award the honor to one of its members based on the candidate’s contributions to the music community.

“To be voted on something like that by your peers is awesome,” Bubbett said. “I’m very humbled and very honored to receive this, but it’s really because of the incredible students at Thompson High School.”

The Bandmaster of the Year award was the first such award Bubbett has received. Last year, he was nominated for the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Secondary Teacher of the Year award.

While in Mobile, Bubbett got to see one of his students, Brady Nichols, perform in the Alabama All-State Honor Band. Nichols also earned first chair at the Honor Band of America concert in Indianapolis in March.