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Ira Jenkins
Ira Jenkins




Ira Jenkins is the newly appointed Director of Bands at Decatur High School in Georgia. Prior to joining Decatur High School in 2022, Jenkins was the Director of Bands at Alpharetta High School. While at Alpharetta High School, the concert bands were featured performers at GMEA’s In-Service Conference, UGA’s JanFest Honor Band Clinic, Music for All’s Southeastern Regional Concert Festival, and a host of other special performances. The marching band was a Bands of America Regional finalist as well as Grand Champion at the Jacksonville University Invitational. Alpharetta’s Indoor Percussion ensemble was GIPA’s Scholastic A champion in 2022 as well as the WGI Atlanta Scholastic A champion. All three of Alpharetta’s winter guards have been repeat SAPA championship medalists. In 2019, the Alpharetta varsity winter guard was a Winter Guard International World Championships finalist.

Prior to AHS, Jenkins taught elementary, middle, and high school bands in Atlanta City, Cobb County, Fulton County, and in Westchester County (NY) as well as Bergen County (NJ). His bands have consistently earned superior ratings at performance evaluations, and his winter guards have received state championships honors. Jenkins’ students have earned chairs in county and district honor bands as well as all-state bands and university honor clinics. Many of his students continue their passion for performance in college bands, professional ensembles, drum and bugle corps, independent drumlines, and independent winter guards.

Jenkins’ responsibilities have extended far beyond the classroom. He has served as an assistant high school marching band director, visual caption head, color guard caption head, and director of numerous winter guard programs throughout the east coast. He has also served as band chair and the district chair for GMEA’s District 5.

Jenkins’ professional affiliations include marching band and winter guard adjudication with BOA, WGI, DCI, USSBA, and numerous state circuits. He holds memberships with GMEA, NAfME, SAPA, WGI, NYSSMA, NYSBDA, and FFJA.

Jenkins holds a B.M. in Music Education from Georgia State University and Florida A&M University (1994), a M.Ed. in Education Administration from Kennesaw State University (2007), an Ed.S. in Music Education from University of Georgia (2018), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University.