The Middle school bands in 7th and 8th grades worked with Mr. Hunter Mullins, the current band director at John Sevier Middle School in Kingsport, Tennessee. He is also an active performer as a trombonist in the Johnson City Orchestra as well as other regional ensembles. The High school band worked with Mr. Uley Daniels. Mr. Daniels is currently the assistant band director at E.B. Stanley Middle School in Abingdon, Virginia. With numerous prestigious recognitions involving the Cavalier band during his thirty years at Holston High School in Damascus, Virginia, he was also recognized as the Virginia Music Educator of the year in 2015. As guests to Smyth County, both clinicians spoke highly of the young musicians of Smyth County and were very complimentary of the work being accomplished in the band programs in all of the schools.
These students spend a lot of their personal time practicing and in private lessons to both better themselves as musicians and to contribute to the overall sound of their respective bands. Once reaching the high school level, these students give up time during their summers, after school, and weekends either rehearsing or performing as they exhibit their appreciation of music through hard work and dedication.