Associate Director of Bands - Holly Connell
Holly Connell comes to Huntsville from Maryville, Tennessee, but grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she attended Tri-Cities Christian High School. She attended Tennessee Technological University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and she also holds a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.
Mrs. Connell spent the first two years of her career in elementary general music and middle school choir before accepting a band position in Blount County, Tennessee, as Director of Bands at Union Grove Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at William Blount High School. Most recently, she was the band director at South Doyle Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her tenure in both Blount and Knox counties, her bands enjoyed tremendous growth and achievement as the groups received Superior ratings in both stage and sight reading performances at the East TN School Band and Orchestra Association and TN Secondary Schools Band Directors Association Large Group Performance evaluations.
Holly has been a guest clinician for the TN Secondary Schools Band Directors Association Jr. Band Clinic, as well as a Concert Performance adjudicator for the South Carolina Band Director's Association. She is a member of the National Education Association, TN Education Association, Knox County Education Association, East TN School Band and Orchestra Association, Women Band Director's International, and TN Bandmasters Association.
Outside of school, she is wife to Mark Connell and mom to son, Zachary. She also enjoys playing flute in the Tennessee Wind Symphony and is a nationally ranked member of USA Triathlon, where she regulary competes and places in the top tier of her age division.