E. A. COX MIDDLE SCHOOL
 
BRAD MITCHELL
 
Brad Mitchell has always had a love for music.  His childhood in Fayette, Alabama was surrounded by music with his family, church, and school.  After high school, Mr. Mitchell attended the University of Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education.  While attending the University, he performed in the Million Dollar Marching Band, the University Wind Ensemble, the University Contemporary Ensemble, and in the University Orchestra.  Mr. Mitchell also performed with the Tuscaloosa and Montgomery Symphony Orchestras as Contra bassoonist.

After graduation in 1994, Mr. Mitchell was employed as assistant band director at Franklin County High School and as director of the North Junior High Bands in Winchester, TN.  In 1997 he became a graduate teaching assistant at MTSU.  While at MTSU Mr. Mitchell was a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, and Band of Blue.  His teaching duties at MTSU included assisting in music appreciation and saxophone/double reed ensembles.

Mr. Mitchell earned his Master of Arts degree in 1999.  After graduation he came to Cox Middle School as the music teacher and moved into the band director position in 2000.  Mr. Mitchell has also taught "Music in Elementary Grades" for MTSU through Columbia State Community College.

Mr. Mitchell has completed his Masters Plus 30.  In 2006 he was selected as the CMS Teacher of the Year.  He is the fine arts chainman, lead mentor, and sits on countless committees at Cox Middle School.  He plays saxophone in the Merchants of Cool Jazz Band and currently performs with the Maury County Community Band in which he has also conducted.  Mr. Mitchell is a member of MTSBOA, TMEA, and MENC.  He has attended the Tennessee Arts Academy for the past four years.

Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Jill, reside in Columbia.  Jill is the music teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School.

LAUREN JOLLEY
 
Lauren Jolley was raised on a small farm in East Tennessee, where she grew up learning to play piano and flute, and singing in her church choir.  After she graduated from high school, she moved to Murfreesboro to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2011.  While there, she played flute in the Symphonic Band and Flute Choir, was a low brass section leader in the Band of Blue, and participated in the World Percussion Ensemble.  During her last year in the Band of Blue, she received the Linda Mitchell Leadership Award.  Ms. Jolley has arranged several pieces for flute ensemble and pep band, and attended the Virginia Tech Band Director's Institute as a fellow in 2011.  She is a member of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, MTSBOA, TMEA. and MENC.  Ms. Jolley has attended the Tennessee Arts Academy the past two years.