Meet the Directors

Jenney Merritt

Director of Bands

Jenney is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School. She then moved to Tuscaloosa and earned a bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from The University of Alabama. After teaching for a few years in the Madison County school system at Madison County High School, Central School and Madison County Elementary in Gurley, she took the job at Discovery Middle School in 2015. In 2016, she began pursuing her masters degree through the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon, through Sam Houston State University. She completed her masters degree in 2018. Jenney currently resides in Madison with her husband, Matt, and their golden retriever, Rigby.

Emily Parker

Associate Director of Bands 

Emily Parker is a proud native of Huntsville where she graduated from Grissom High School.  She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Music and a Masters of Music Education from Samford University.  Emily has previously served as band director at Buckhorn Middle and Hampton Cove Middle School.  Emily performs in several area ensembles such as the Brass Band of Huntsville, Redstone Brass and the First Baptist Church Orchestra. She also currently serves as District Chairman for the Alabama Bandmasters Association.