​​​​Clayton High School Performance Ensembles

Jerry Carpenter 
Music Arranger/Percussion Consultant


Bobby McFarland

​Alan Martin is the Director of Bands at Springfield Middle School in Lucama, NC.  He holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from the East Carolina University.  Mr. Martin Graduated from Dorman High School in 1993 with the passion for music that has lead him through his teaching career thus far.  He also has been a band director at SouthWest Edgecombe High School from 2004-2010, and one year as Assistant Band Director at Clayton High School from 2010-2011.
Alan is a active performer outside of his private teaching and public teaching commitments.  Mr. Martin plays saxophone, guitar, and sings with the band Back Yard Groove from Pinetops, NC.  His passion for Jazz is one of the main reasons he still plays his saxophone today.​

Jonathan graduated from Clayton High School in 2011 after being active in marching band, winter percussion, wind ensemble, and jazz band during his four years. He taught with Corinth Holders HS band camp before attending the  University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his freshman year in college, Jonathan worked as a percussion tech at a Greensboro high school, and in 2012 he taught at CHS band camp and assisted with the marching band program on Saturdays.  Jonathan moved back to Clayton in the summer of 2014, when he became a percussion instructor at Corinth Holders HS, taking Corinth Holders Winter Percussion Ensemble to their first WGI World Championship in 2015, where they placed 3rd.
     Jonathan began working full-time as the Percussion Instructor at Clayton High School in November 2015.  After an exceptional 2017 Winter season in the AIA circuit, and earning Gold medals in the WGI Regional Championships, Jonathan rounded up the season taking the CHS Winter Percussion Ensemble to the WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton, OH, where they were awarded Bronze medals after placing 3rd in Finals.  With his heart in the Clayton band room, and his head indulged in music, Jonathan is thrilled to be back home with his Comets.

     Jonathan currently resides in Clayton, where he shares a house with some friends, including his high school drumline colleague. He is currently working toward completing his music production degree.

Kayla Best
Colorguard Instructor

Jonathan Watts

Percussion Instructor

Jerry has been active as an adjudicator, performer, composer, arranger, and instructor in the Music Business for over 33 years. 

Jerry earned his Bachelor of Education Degree in Percussion from Tennessee Technological University, and attended the University of Iowa as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band Department. 

He performed as a percussionist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. He also performed with the Knoxville Opera, Ballet and the Oak Ridge Symphony. Jerry is active as a jazz pianist and even performed at Carnegie Hall, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and West Point Academy! Jerry has appeared on national TV with Louie Bellson on ABC's Good Morning, America Show with Charles Kuralt. 

As an arranger/instructor, Jerry has worked with many drum corps and marching bands across the US and Europe, including: Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Clayton HS (2013 WGI Concert Open Class World Champions), Tarpon Springs HS, Seminole HS, Penn HS, and many others. ​​

Alan Martin
Woodwind/Jazz Band Instructor

Kayla is a recent graduate from Cleveland High School here in Johnston County.  While in high school, she was very active in the Colorguard program, and was vital in the development of the Cleveland Middle
School Winterguard.  After high school, she continued spinning and was a participant in the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corp as well as First Flight A winterguard in 2013-2014.  Kayla is current a member of Legacy: Presented by Carolina Gold.  She has been a featured weapon in the ensemble the past two seasons.  Kayla is currently enrolled in college and working toward her career goals, and is entering her first colorguard teaching job with Clayton High School.