Deborah BradleyJoni Mabry Brown

Joni Mabry Brown received her Bachelor's of Music Education degree from Western Carolina University and her Masters degree from the University of South Carolina.

She taught at T.C.Roberson High School in Skyland, North Carolina and at Gibbes Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina before taking her current position at Bates Middle School in Sumter, South Carolina. The Bates Middle School band, under Mrs. Brown's direction since 1981, has received consistent Superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival. It has received the Outstanding Performance Award given by the SCBDA for 22 consecutive years. 33 % of the student body participates in band at Bates Middle School.


Mrs. Brown served on the founding committee for organization of the Sumter Community Concert Band in 1982 and served as Assistant Conductor for two years before being appointed as Conductor from 1984 to 1988. Mrs. Brown was chosen by the Bates Middle School faculty as Teacher of the Year in 1987 and was named the Teacher of the Year for Sumter School District 17 in 1996-97. She is a recipient of the ASBDA Stanbury Award (Junior Division), the Scroll of Excellence Award given by the Women Band Directors International Association, and the Citation of Excellence given by the National Band Association. She is currently serving as president of the Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Other professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Women Band Directors International, the South Carolina Middle School Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She also plays clarinet in the Palmetto Concert Band and the Sumter Community Concert Band. She is an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the Southeast and is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Mrs. Brown is married to David R. Brown, Purchasing Agent for Sumter School District Two. They live in Sumter with their dogs, Toby Joe and Sasha.