Director of Bands
Christopher Andies is a graduate of Cherokee High School and Tennessee Technological University. While at TTU, he studied with nationally and internationally renowned professors such as Joseph Hermann, Dr. Charles Decker, Robert Jager, Chris McCormick, Dr. Joshua Hauser, and Dr. Greg Danner.
During Mr. Andies' time at Volunteer High School, the band has earned multiple superior ratings at marching contests and ETSBOA Concert Band Festivals. The VHS Band has been featured performers at the All-State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Outback Bowl in Tampa, The McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, The Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, and most recently in New York at the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Andies remains active as a trumpet performer, clinician, adjudicator, and is an Endorsed Artist/Educator for Jupiter XO Trumpets.
Assistant Director and Director of Bands at CHMS and SMS.
Allie Mitchell is a graduate of Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University. Prior to her appointment as Band Director for Church Hill Middle, Surgoinsville Middle, and Volunteer High School, Mrs. Mitchell served as music teacher for Greene County Schools. Mrs. Mitchell is in her fourth year as Director of Bands in Hawkins County.
Mrs. Mitchell is active as a clarinet performer, private studio instructor, and adjudicator. Additionally, Mrs. Mitchell has extensive experience with Drum Corps International and WGI. She is a founding member of Music City Drum Corps and maintains a close relationship with the group.
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