Sound of the South Marching Band
Jimmy Oliver is currently the Band Director at Pike County High School (July 2008) in Brundidge, Alabama and is the current drill writer for the “Sound of the South” Marching Band. He is a former member of the Troy University band program, including the “Sound of the South” Marching Band, the Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensembles.
A native of Florida, Mr. Oliver moved to Alabama to attend Troy University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Music in December 2006. As a performer, he has played a variety of brass and percussion instruments with several different ensembles. A tuba player primarily, Jimmy has marched sousaphone and baritone with the “Sound of the South” where he served as a section leader and also played both in the Pep Band; he also performed in the Symphony Band as a tuba player as well as a euphonium player; in the Jazz Band he played bass trombone. Jimmy was a 4-time DCI World Class Finalist with the Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps where he played the Contrabass Bugle. He also performed with the Micro Magic ensemble on a one week tour of Okayama, Japan in 2001. Jimmy also has experience with percussion having been a member of the Troy University Percussion Ensemble (auxiliary percussion) and also the Troy University Indoor Drum Line (bottom bass drum). He has been a member of the percussion section and tuba section of Dr. Long’s Troy Community Band and most recently, he was the percussionist for the pit orchestra for the South East Alabama Community Theater’s performance of “Les Miserables.”
Mr. Oliver writes drill for several high schools throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia as well as writing for Troy University. He also arranges marching band music and serves as a clinician for several bands during the summer months. Jimmy currently serves as the announcer of the Southeastern Marching Band Festival and also judges when scheduling allows him to. He is a member of the MENC, AMEA, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Jimmy resides in Troy with his wife Courtney and their three children: Lizzie, Jay, and Will.