THE BAND STAFF
MR. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE
Director of Bands
Mr. Christopher Little, a low brass specialist, graduated from William B. Murrah High School in Jackson, MS. Mr. Little participated in honor bands and honor societies throughout his matriculation in the Jackson Public School District, most notably being the All-State, Capital District, and All-City Honor Bands. Once entering Jackson State University, Mr. Little actively participated in the world-renowned “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Little completed both undergraduate and graduate work at Jackson State University gaining both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education. While earning his M.M.E, Mr. Little served as a graduate assistant to the band department and upon completion has also taught adjunct classes at the university.
Under his direction, his bands have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at local and state marching/concert evaluations on both the middle and high school levels. Mr. Little prides himself on his band's ability to perform both contemporary and classic wind band literature. His students also regularly place in honor bands throughout the state and receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers from varying colleges and universities every year. More recently, Mr. Little received a $28,000 grant from Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation in 2014. Mr. Little has been deemed an "Outstanding Citizen" by the City Council of Jackson, MS and was 1 of 3 teachers chosen throughout the nation by McAlister's Deli as an "Outstanding Teacher" during Teacher Appreciation Week in 2019. Mr. Little is a member of the Mississippi Band Master’s Association, past president of the Capital District Band Director’s Association, National Music Educator's Association (formerly MENC), the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA), Alpha Chi Honor Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. He is a founding member of the Mississippi Music Institute 501c3 (2011).
MR. TRENTON HUNTER
Asst. Band Director/Lead Arranger
Mr. Hunter is an accomplished tubist, percussionist, and pianist. Mr. Hunter is an arranger for the Magnolia All-Stars, the Mississippi Alumni All-Star Marching Band, Jackson State University, and Jim Hill High School Marching Band. Mr. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Jackson State University and a Master of Music Education Degree from Mississippi College. He serves as band director at Brinkley Middle School in the Jackson Public Schools District. His bands have consistently received Superior and Excellent Ratings at Festivals. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Ms. Nimba Burgess
Tigerette & Color Guard Instructor
Nimba Burgess is the Director of both the Dancing Tigerettes and Color Guard Lines. Ms. Burgess became the director of the Jim Hill Tigerettes and Color Guard in the Fall of 2019. During her first season of coaching, the Color Guard and Drill Team received superior and excellent ratings at the State Band Festivals. Ms. Burgess is a former member of the Alcorn State University Sounds of Dynamite. Ms. Burgess is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
MR. DAVID HUBBARD
"The Voice of the Band /Percussion Director"
Mr. Hubbard serves as the percussion director and the voice of the Jim Hill Marching Band of Distinction during halftime shows. Mr. Hubbard is an accomplished percussionist and church pianist. He has served or serves in several capacities with the band including Past President, Past Vice President, Current Announcer, and Current Percussion Director.