Clinton Bands

Clinton High School Bands Directors

Gavin McAdams, Director of Bands

Gavin McAdams received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his teaching career at Purvis High School and Purvis Middle School in 2010 where he assisted with all ensembles. In 2012, McAdams became the Director of Bands at Pass Christian Middle School. There he received multiple superior ratings with all middle school ensembles. In 2015, he took the position as Director of Bands at Pass Christian High School. During his time as high school Director of Bands, the marching band consistently received all superior ratings, as well as the Silver Medal at the class 4A State Championships. His concert ensembles received all superior ratings and the Sweepstakes Award each year during his time as director.

Gavin joined the Clinton Band program in 2018 as an assistant director. There he directed all things percussion and co-taught the Symphonic Band. In his time as assistant, the band made finals at multiple BOA competitions, received the prestigious Sweepstakes Award, and the CP Indoor Ensemble was a finalist at the WGI Hattiesburg Regional, as well as the bronze medalist in the MIA State Championships. Gavin and his wife Lana McAdams reside in Clinton and both teach in the district.

Daniel Johnson, Assistant Director

Daniel Johnson is from Pearl, MS where he attended and graduated from Pearl High School in 2005. Daniel is the son of Marc and Debra Johnson, former band directors at Senatobia and Pearl High Schools. During his high school career Mr. Johnson was a trombone player and had the honor of being a three year member of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band, winning three International Championships with one being across seas in Hong Kong, China.

Daniel continued his school work by attending two years at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, where he began studying Music Education.  He then transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi where he finished his undergraduate studies receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in May 2011. During his time at Southern Miss, Daniel was a two year member of the world class Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one’s personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.  While Daniel was a marching member, they received second place in 2006 and fourth place in 2007 in the Drum Corps International World Championships.

Mr. Johnson started his teaching career at Southaven High School where he taught for one year. In 2012 he moved to Laurel to teach in the Wayne County School District where he was the Waynesboro Middle School director and assisted the high school marching band.
In 2013 Mr. Johnson started working for the Clinton Public School District, where he is still currently teaching. Mr. Johnson is the brass instructor for grades 6-8 as well as fronting the eighth grade Advanced Band, and ninth grade Freshmen Band. Mr. Johnson also assists at the high school during the marching band season.

Daniel and his wife, Kayla, are the proud parents of their daughter, Samantha. As pet lovers they have three cats; Ellie, Luna, and Ember and one dog; Roxas.

Dustin Hazlett, Assistant Director

Dustin Hazlett is from Kosciusko, MS where he attended and graduated from Kosciusko High School in 2009. During high school, he attended several honor band and district clinics on clarinet. He was also a three-year member of the Mississippi All-State Lions Band and four- year member of the All-State Concert Band. Dustin started his conducting experience as a student conductor his junior and senior year of high school where he conducted a piece of band literature with the Kosciusko Symphonic band and received Superior ratings at the state concert band evaluation in Pearl, MS. After graduating high school in 2009, Dustin continued his music education at Mississippi State University where he studied clarinet under Sheri Falcone, flute under Dr. Lana Johns, and voice under Dr. Brian Nedvin. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from MSU in May 2013. While at Mississippi State, Dustin was the principle clarinetist for the MSU Wind Ensemble for the four years he studied there where he was under the direction of Ms. Elva Kaye Lance. He was also a squad leader for the Famous Maroon Band for three years. He was a member and section leader for the top tenor section of the MSU concert choir and chamber singers for two years under the direction of Dr. Bruce Lesley and Dr. Gary Packwood. His freshman year at MSU he competed in the Mississippi Music Teacher’s Association where he had to preform a movement of a major clarinet concerto and received first place.  He was also a member of the clarinet choir, flute choir, MSU orchestra, and woodwind quartet. Dustin is currently an Assistant Band Director and woodwind instructor for the Clinton Public School District where he assists with both the high school band and jr. high bands.  He also teaches beginner clarinet/saxophone and conducts the Clinton High School Symphonic Band. He resides in Clinton, MS and is honored to be a part of this great community, school district, and band program.

Heidi Harrell, Assistant Director

Cole Smith, Percussion Director

Cole Smith is a graduate of Florence High School in Florence, MS. He attended Hinds Community College for two years before transferring to Mississippi College, where he is currently finishing his Bachelor’s of Instrumental Music Education. He feels honored to have worked with numerous bands and marching percussion ensembles in the state of Mississippi and has been on the Clinton Percussions adjunct band staff for the past three years. Mr. Smith also spent two seasons furthering his percussion education in drum and bugle corps, touring and competing across the United States, with Southwind in 2017 and Spirit of Atlanta in 2018. He is excited to join the Arrow family and work alongside the Clinton band staff to help students achieve excellence!

Jenny White, Color Guard Director

Jenny White graduated from Belhaven University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and minors in Dance and Psychology. Before attending Belhaven University, she graduated from Hinds Community College. While there, she danced with the Hinds Hi-Steppers and served as Head Captain her second year. Jenny is a Clinton graduate and performed in the Clinton High School Color Guard 2012-2015. In 2013, she performed with the Clinton Winter Guard, which placed 1st at state championships. Her last 2 years of high school, she danced with the Indoor Percussion ensemble. In 2014, the group placed 1st at Open Class World Championships in Dayton. In 2015, the group made World Class finals in Dayton. Ms. White was also a member of the Mississippi Lion’s Allstate Band Color Guard, which traveled to Hawaii. 

In 2017, Ms. White performed with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and returned to the corps in 2019 as a visual assistant instructor. After high school, Jenny began working for Clinton High School’s Color Guard as an assistant instructor and has remained there for the past 5 years. She is honored and excited to begin this new chapter with her Clinton Bands family.