The Trousdale County Jr./Sr. High School Instrumental Band is composed of 6th to 12th grade students from Jim B. Satterfield Middle School and Trousdale County High School, in Hartsville, TN. Trousdale is the smallest county by area in Tennessee and has one of the smallest populations.
The band program was re-started in 1980 with Richard Lutz as its first director. Other notable directors have included Richard Griffin, Glenn Martin, Ed Medford, and Phillip Church.
In 2000, band director Randy Brady set the program on a competitive course. Since 2002, under band director Robert Joines and assistant director Steve Paxton, the program has placed students in university and mid-state honor bands, earned several superior and excellent ratings at regional concert festivals, and its graduates have moved on to earn scholarships, major in music education, and participate in university band programs across the state of Tennessee.
The instrumental music program in Trousdale County includes concert band, marching band, jazz band, wind & percussion ensembles, and winter guard and drumline. In addition, each September the program hosts one of the largest annual marching invitationals in the state of Tennessee.
The Marching Yellow Jackets average over 25 public performances per year. In 2011, they were selected to represent Trousdale County in Governor Bill Haslam’s Inaugural Parade.
Robert A. Joines, II earned his B.S. in Secondary Education with a history endorsement from TTU. He received his instrumental music endorsement from MTSU in 1993.
Steven M. Paxton earned his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in special education from TTU. He served in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, retiring in 1996. He is the proud father of three children.