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Mr.  Shaun  P  Hammonds
Director of Bands
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Shaun Hammonds is in his second year back at Elba High School and the Marching Tiger Band after a 3 year tenure at Foley Middle & High School.

In the last year, the Elba Marching Tiger Band, under the direction of Mr. Hammonds, received Superior Ratings at all marching contest, while receiving "Best in Class" Band at their last contest of the season. The band was also successful during concert season, receiving high remarks and scores at the Pea River Concert Festival last March. 

As Director of the FMSB, Mr. Hammonds built a strong program, receiving superior ratings each year at Concert Festival the last three years and straight superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Association State Performance Assessment Spring 2016. During this short time the band had grown to 150 members strong. The band played concerts throughout the year and receives many generous compliments from the community at each performance. Through the leadership of Mr. Hammonds, the Foley Middle School Percussion Ensemble became a proud endorser of Tama Marching Percussion. The Band performed many times thoughout the community and was also the first band ever invited to perform at Wonderworks in Panama City Beach, Florida. As assistant for the Foley High School Mighty Band from Lion Land, Mr. Hammonds was very involved in the program as an assistant, instructing the Percussion Section and assisting various efforts to make the band successful. He enjoyed the opportunity to help lead the band of over 300 on an amazing performance trip to Chicago, IL, where the band was invited to march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. This was a special trip being that Foley was celebrating 125 year of being a city and that John Foley, who Foley was named after, was a Chicago native.
 
       Mr. Hammonds had came to Foley after teaching six years at Elba High School in Elba, AL. While at Elba, the band was very successful achieving Superior Ratings in all captions every year. Throughout Mr. Hammonds’ years at Elba, the band was invited to perform with the Dallas Brass, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the State Inaugural Parade, and performed for Governor Robert Bentley on his visit to the community.The band also had the honor to perform at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama as the Elba Tiger Football program won the 2011 Class 2A State Championship. Mr. Hammonds’ personal accolades consist of many letters of gratitude from state and local officials commending the band on outstanding performances and public relation. In 2011, he won the Director’s Award at the Little Big Horn Marching Band Contest, placing him among an elite group of directors that have been chosen to receive the award. Mr. Hammonds has had numerous All State/Honor band students and has placed many of his students in band programs at many different colleges/universities including Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Enterprise State Community College, Huntingdon College, Troy University, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, Georgia Tech University, Alabama State University, UAB, Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, and Florida State University, and various military bands. 


Mr. Hammonds is also a successful basketball coach. During his 5 years of coaching for Elba Tigers, he had a record of 86-42. For 4 years, he was head coach of the girls' varsity program. Mr. Hammonds also coached the EHS Lady Tigers to the AHSAA Regional Tournament in Mobile, AL for the first time in school history. Mr. Hammonds is a 1998 graduate from Florala High School. He attended many honor bands and won many awards as a musician and leader during his high school career. He was awarded a sports scholarship and received his Associate Degree from Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in 2004. In 2005, he transferred to Troy University and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 2007.

 
Shaun Hammonds is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, Alabama Bandmasters, the Percussive Arts Society, and the founder of the South Alabama School of Percussion in 2005. He is also an ambassador for Tama Drums and Percussion. Mr. Hammonds has been a Band and Percussion Instructor/Arranger for bands throughout South Alabama and Northwest Florida traveling during the summer months. He is also a member of the Southeast Alabama Community Band. He was a band assistant at Straughn High School in Andalusia, AL (1999-2005) and Opp High School (2005-2007). Mr. Hammonds has performed with various ensembles in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Florida. 

Shaun has been married to Brandy Hammonds of Opp, Alabama for 16 years. She is a graduate of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. They have 2 children; Maggie (15)-EHSMTB member; and Jordan (10).