Phone: (256) 284-2261


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Education, Instrumental Music (P-12)

Mr. Brian Jay


My name is Brian Jay and I am the Band Director here at Florence Middle School. We offer band classes for 7th and 8th-grade students with previous band experience, as well as beginning band courses for students who want to learn a band instrument in the fall semester. In the Spring we have our Jazz ensemble class for auditioned students. So, whether you are a life-long band student or just want to try something new, we have a place for you here and would love to have you with us to experience the truly amazing things we do here in the Band at Florence Middle School! 

Here is some more information about me. I graduated from Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida in 2009. After High School, I moved here to Florence where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Alabama in 2015 graduating Cum Laude and completing my Master's Degree in music education in 2021.    

During my time at UNA, I performed with the Marching Pride of North Alabama, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Studio Jazz Band, Shoals Symphony at UNA, as well as many other small chamber ensembles. I am also an active performer in the Shoals Area, performing with the Shoals Community Band, Swinging River Jazz Band, numerous church programs and services, community events, and musical theatre productions.  

In addition to my duties as Director of Bands at Florence Middle School, I serve as an assistant band director at Florence Freshman Center and High School and assist with the bands at Hibbett Middle School.

My professional memberships, current and past, include the National Association for Music Education, the National Education Association, the American School Band Directors Association, the Alabama Education Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association, and the Alabama Bandmasters Association

Class Schedule

  • 1st Period-Hibbett Band 

    2nd Period-Hibbett Band

    3rd Period-Hibbett Band/Travel to FMS

    4th Period-8th Grade Concert Band

    5th Period-7th Grade Concert band

    6th Period-7th/8th Beginning Band(Fall)/ 7th/8th Jazz Ensemble (Spring)

    7th Period-Planning/Travel to FHS

    8th Period-High School Band