Director of Bands
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Terry Ownby
Terry S. Ownby is in his 29th year of teaching instrumental music. Mr. Ownby is currently the Director of Bands at Florence High School and serves as the Secondary Fine Arts Academic Leader. He also serves as an Assistant Director at both Hibbett Middle School and Florence Middle School. Prior to his appointment at Florence, he served as a professor of music at Wallace State Community College, where he taught Symphonic Band, Music Theory, Music Appreciation and the Brass studio. He held the position of Director of Bands at Muscle Shoals Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Muscle Shoals High School for 22 years and also was instrumental in restarting the Muscle Shoals Jazz band program, which he directed for 9 years. He holds a BMMED in music education and a MA in education from the University of North Alabama. He serves as a guest Clinician/Conductor and Adjudicator throughout the Southeast.
The Muscle Shoals Middle School Symphonic Band was a featured performer at the Alabama Music Educators Associations 2001 convention. He served as a guest conductor with the Muscle Shoals High School Symphonic band at the Alabama Music Educators Associations 2003 convention. Mr. Ownby is also active as a marching band drill designer/consultant, and he served as the camp coordinator for the W.C. Jazz Music Camp from 1999-2007.
He plays trumpet professionally and has performed with Alabama, Percy Sledge, The Speer Family, William Lee Golden, The Oak Ridge Boys and with the world-renowned Muscle Shoals Horn Section. He is the lead trumpet player for the Shoals Area Big Band, and has also appeared with the Legends of Jazz Big Band for the W.C. Handy Music Festival in 2003 and 2004, the lead trumpet for the Millennium Big Band for the Huntsville Symphony Association, on the General Jackson Showboat and is a founding member of the Shoals Dixieland Band.
Mr. Ownby currently serves as President of the Alabama Bandmasters Association and has been a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Board of directors since 2004. He received the 2016 University of North Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni award, the first ever recipient of this award. He is a four-time member of Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers, listed in Who’s Who in America for 2005 and 2006, and was nominated for the 2004 Disney Hand Teacher Awards for creativity in teaching. He is the recipient of the National Band Associations “Citation of Excellence” for his contribution to bands and band music. He holds memberships in Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmasters Fraternity, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, American School Band Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Terry is married to Laura Reyer Ownby and they have two daughters.