The Directors

Brad Mitchell has always had a love for music. His childhood in Fayette, Alabama was surrounded by music with his family, church, and school. After high school, Mr. Mitchell attended the University of Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While attending the University, he performed in the Million Dollar Marching Band, the University Wind Ensemble, the University Contemporary Ensemble, and in the University Orchestra. Mr. Mitchell also performed with the Tuscaloosa and Montgomery Symphony Orchestras as Contra bassoonist.

After graduation in 1994, Mr. Mitchell was employed as assistant band director at Franklin County High School and as director of the North Junior High Bands in Winchester, TN. In 1997 he became a graduate teaching assistant at MTSU. While at MTSU Mr. Mitchell was a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, and Band of Blue. His teaching duties at MTSU included assisting in music appreciation and saxophone/double reed ensembles.

Mr. Mitchell earned his Master of Arts degree in 1999. After graduation he came to Cox Middle School as the music teacher and moved into the band director position in 2000. Mr. Mitchell has also taught "Music in Elementary Grades" for MTSU through Columbia State Community College.

Mr. Mitchell has completed his Masters Plus 30. In 2006 he was selected as the CMS Teacher of the Year. He is the fine arts chainman, lead mentor, and sits on countless committees at Cox Middle School. He plays saxophone in the Merchants of Cool Jazz Band and currently performs with the Maury County Community Band in which he has also conducted. Mr. Mitchell is a member of MTSBOA, TMEA, and MENC. He has attended the Tennessee Arts Academy for the past four years.

Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Jill, reside in Columbia. Jill is the music teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School.


Bethany Smith has been surrounded by music even from a young age. She grew up on White House, Tennessee and began pursuing music with piano lessons starting in elementary school. After joining ban, she fell in love with music making while continuing to play the clarinet throughout high school and leading into college. Bethany attend Tennessee Technological University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education in 2011. While there she diversified her passions while playing in various saxophone quartets and flute ensembles as well as being in TTU's Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and even singing with the Tennessee Tech Chorale throughout her education. Upon graduation, Bethany taught general music and choir for two years in Putnam County before moving closer to home for the birth of her first child. In 2015, she began teaching again at Spring Hill High School, where she taught general choir/music, marching band, and concert band. Bethany has continued to play with the Maury County Community Band for the past three years and enjoys performing with others. She is a member of MTSBOA, TMEA, and MENC.