Jonathan Findley, Director

Mr. Jonathan Findley was born in Sherman, Texas and raised in many cities throughout Texas and Mississippi. Throughout his childhood, Music served as an integral part of Mr. Findley’s upbringing in the ministry, as he learned to perform music in church playing drums, piano, and organ.  His 5th grade year, Mr. Findley was lured to band by Ron Smith.  Other band directors that Mr. Findley studied under were Dr. Charles Ellington, Jeff Brown, & Thomas Wagner.   Mr. Findley’s most influential band director was Mr. Sammy Barr at Petal High School where Jonathan’s life was changed forever as he fell in love with Band.  Mr. Findley received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Mississippi.  His musical studies continued under Dr. David Young, Dr. David Willson, and Mr. Michael Bump.  Mr. Findley student taught at Tupelo High School under Dr. Floyd Stevens and Dr. O’neal Douglas.

Upon graduating from Ole Miss, Mr. Findley taught Elementary Music at Drummonds Elementary School in Drummonds, Tennessee for two years while also serving as Music Director at First Assembly of God Church in Millington, Tennessee.   In 1996 Mr. Findley accepted the position as Band Director at the newly built Brighton High School, starting the Brighton High School Band with 26 students.  Mr. Findley has served as the director at Brighton High School ever since.  While Brighton Bands has become one of the strongest band programs in West Tennessee, Mr. Findley’s proudest accomplishments as a band director is every student that has come through the Brighton Bands Programs, growing as musicians and leaving as successful individuals that take the life lessons that band has to offer.

Mr. Findley and his wife Rachel live in Atoka with their two beautiful daughters Anna and Julie.  During his “free time” Mr. Findley enjoys fishing and home improvement projects.

Mr. Findley is a member of West Tennessee Schools Band & Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and has served as a GLADIS project evaluator.


Jonathan Findley
Director, Brighton High School Band

8045 Highway 51 South
Brighton, TN 38011
Band Office: 901-840-9420