Supporting Staff


David Watkins completed his Master of Music in Performance from Miami University (OH), where he was the Graduate Assistant in Percussion and Athletic Bands under Dr. Bill Albin and Dr. Stephen Lytle. At Miami, he served as the drumline instructor and composer/arranger, as well as co-director of the Miami Pep Band. His master’s thesis is entitled The Snare Drum: An Analysis of Performance Applications and A Comparison of Teaching Approaches. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied intensely under Dr. Jason Koontz. During his time at EKU, he was trained in classical music, and specialized in African, Indian, Brazilian, and Caribbean Music. He also served as the drumline section leader, instructor and composer/arranger.

David has performed with many professional and collegiate ensembles, including competing in the 2016 Panorama competition in Trinidad with the Silverstars Steel Orchestra. At EKU and Miami, he participated in percussion ensembles, steel bands, wind bands, orchestras, and marching bands. In 2008, he marched snare drum for Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble in WGI finals. He has also had multiple performances with Global Rhythms and the PANorama Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach, VA, and has collaborated with artists such as Andy Narell, Ellie Mannette, Liam Teague, Jeff Queen, Srinivas Krishnan, Dave Longfellow, Tom Miller, and Ray Holman.

Currently, he is the Director of Percussion Studies at John Overton High School, where he teaches many music classes, including guitar, world percussion, and classical percussion ensembles. He is also the Percussion Caption Head for the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold Marching Band, where he serves as the percussion director, as well as composer/arranger. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Jeff Scales is a native of Nashville Tennessee. He graduated from Page High School in Franklin, TN playing baritone his freshman year, trumpet his sophomore through junior year, and was drum major his senior year. He performed as a color guard member with the MTSU Band of Blue for two years and marched with the Chimeras world class Winter guard for four years. His teaching experience includes Page High School color guard in Franklin, TN for four years, Riverdale High school color guard for three years in Murfreesboro, TN, E93 Winter Winds at Stewart's Creek High School in Smyrna, TN for two years, and the Father Ryan color guard in Nashville, TN for one year. He is returning for his fourth year with the AWESOME John Overton High School Color Guard! He is looking forward to continuing working with the AWESOME staff, students, and parents of the John Overton High School Marching Band.

Heather Arnett found her love for color guard 25 years ago right here with the Awesome John Overton High School Marching Band. She marched four years of color guard both in the fall and winter programs. During her time at Overton she was a Tennessee State Champion at COC, making finals all four years, and she had the honor of winning two gold medals at Winter Guard International. After high school she went on to march two years of independent world class guard with the Chimeras Winterguard. While she studied music performance on viola at MTSU she also marched with the Band of Blue for two years. After a ten year stay in Portland, OR she returned to Nashville and has been working with the color guard here at Overton for the past 6 years. As a performer she really appreciates the qualities of hard work, discipline, determination, and artistic expression that this art has instilled in her. Nothing makes her happier then to see the kids she teaches enjoying the same amazing experience that Marching band and Winterguard gave to her for so many years!

Chandler Franco is currently a student at Tennessee Tech University who actively teaches, performs, competes, and records percussion music.