Jon Bowman is currently in his tenth year as Director of Bands at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA. Under Mr. Bowman’s direction, the program has grown to nearly 500 members and offers three concert bands, the “Georgia Bridgemen” marching band, jazz band, three winter guards, and various percussion ensembles including indoor percussion and Viking Steel, the LHS steel pan ensemble. All performance groups consistently receive superior ratings in state and regional competitions and festivals.
With Mr. Bowman as Director of Bands, the Georgia Bridgemen has earned Grand Champion and Best in Class awards throughout the southeast. Their national performances have included appearances in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Lowndes High School Winter Guard has several Florida Federation of Color Guard Circuit titles as well as WGI Regional Champions. Most recently, the Lowndes Open Winter Guard finished 11th in at WGI World Championships. The percussion program has also thrived from Mr. Bowman’s leadership. The Indoor Percussion group boasts FFCC Circuit titles, a WGI Regional title, and an appearance at WGI World Championships. The Viking Steel ensemble has been invited to play at the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in January 2019.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Bowman served as Director of Bands at Prattville High School in Prattville, AL, Tallassee High School in Tallassee, AL, and at Beauregard High School in Opelika, AL. Mr. Bowman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2000 and Master of Music Education in 2002, both from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. As a percussionist, Mr. Bowman has performed with the Columbus Symphony, the LaGrange Symphony, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is active as an adjudicator and clinician across the southeast. As an educational partner with System Blue, Mr. Bowman proudly endorses their products. Mr. Bowman’s professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the National Band Association.
Jon is proud to endorse System Blue Brass Instruments and is proud to be an Educational Partner with System Blue.
Jon is married to his beautiful wife Angee and has five children.