​​​​Clayton High School Performance Ensembles

Mr. Pearson, a native of Clinton, North Carolina, attended high school in Pitt County where he was active in his school music program. Graduating near the top of his class, he was awarded the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, which helped him pursue his dreams of becoming a band director. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from East Carolina University with Manga Cum Laude honors in 2004. While attending ECU, he participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble B, and various chamber ensembles. Prior to his arrival at Clayton High School, he served two years as Director of Bands at Speight Middle School in Wilson County Schools.


While at Speight, Mr. Pearson built the program to over 130 students and started a band booster organization. In 2005, Mr. Pearson received a Star Teacher Award for outstanding performance. During the time at Speight Mr. Pearson worked toward his Masters Degree in Music Education at East Carolina University. He received his Masters in 2006 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009. In the Fall of 2006, Mr. Pearson accepted the assistant band director position and moved to Clayton.

Mr. Pearson was named Head Director at the end of the 2009 school year. Under his direction the band at Clayton has accomplished many outstanding milestones including making Bands of America Regional Finals 5 times with the marching band, WGI Finals in both Percussion and Guard, and multiple Superior Ratings in Grade V and VI at NC Music Performance Adjudication events. The growth of the Jazz Program at Clayton has also been largely due his love of Jazz and teaching. Mr. Pearson’s vision, determination, and organization have given Clayton constant growth and direction to become one of the best programs in North Carolina.

Mr. Pearson is a member of Music Educators National Conference, North Carolina Band Masters Association, South Eastern Band Director Association, and President of the Johnston County Band Directors Association. In 2009, he served on the WGI  Board of Directors.  He was named  the 2013 All-District Clinician for the 9/10 High School Band. He, his wife Leigh Anne, son Brayden, and daughter Kensley reside in Clayton.

John Pearson

Band Director


Contact Information

e-mail: jtp0413@gmail.com

phone: 919-553-4064 ext 1522