Instrument: Solo Cornet
Member Since: 2018
Occupation: HS Band Director
Mentors & Musical Heroes: Harold Hillyer, Tom Brawner, Darrell Cannedy
Favorite Brass Band Piece: Shine Is The Light - Graham
Dennis Jones is in his 21st year as Director of Bands for Rochester Junior and Senior High School, where his duties consist of directing 2 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, 5th grade lessons, video/audio tech and a careers class. Prior to his current position, he was band director at Panhandle Schools in Raymond, Illinois for 7 years. Mr. Jones is a 1989 graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has conducted several IMEA District and local honor bands/jazz ensembles. He’s a past recipient of the “Golden Apple Award” presented by Horace Mann Insurance and News Channel 20, and a “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the Rochester Public Schools. Dennis is currently serving as President of District 4 of the ILMEA and sits on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Music Educators Association.
Mr. Jones is an active soloist for various events throughout Central Illinois, having performed alongside great musicians/entertainers Vincent DiMartino, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Ray Charles, and Bob Hope. He resides in Taylorville, Illinois with his wife Mary, son Mitchell, and twin daughters Mallory and Emily.