Jerry Carpenter 
Music Arranger/Percussion Consultant

Band ​Director

Bobby McFarland

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 CHHS Winter Percussion Ensemble to their first WGI World Championship in 2015, where they placed 3rd.

Jonathan became the Percussion Instructor at Clayton High School in November 2015.  After exceptional 2016 and 2017 Winter seasons in the AIA circuit, earning Gold medals at each year's AIA Championships, and earning Gold medals in the WGI Regional Championships, Jonathan rounded up the 2017 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.  They group returned to defend their position in 2018 and placed 1st, winning Gold and named World Champions in the WGI Percussion Concert Open class.

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

Johnny Talamantes
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. ​​

CHS band program were pleased to welcome Johnny onto their staff as Colorguard Instructor at the end of the 2017 Fall semester. 

Johnny has performed throughout the country in a variety of elite groups including Madison Scouts, Carolina Visual Productions and First Flight. He has taught color guard and visual movement throughout the country including Michigan, Texas, South Carolina and Georgia.