Ms. Messinetti began her teaching career at Powell High School as the Assistant Director of Bands. While at Powell, she helped oversee the PHS Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Powell Bijoux Winterguard, and Powell Prep Guard. Under her direction, Ms. Messinetti’s ensembles earned superior ratings at several competitions and festivals.
Ms. Messinetti is a native of Rocky Point, New York and attended Rocky Point High School. She attended the University of Tennessee where she earned a Bachelors of Music degree with dual concentrations in Music Education and Flute Performance, with a Music Theory minor. Ms. Messinetti graduated summa cum laude from the Chancellor's Honors Program and was named the outstanding graduate in Music Education in 2017. During her time at UT, Ms. Messinetti performed with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Pride of the Southland Marching Band, and Flute Ensemble, and served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant with both the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and the Musicology department.
Ms. Messinetti is excited to start her tenure at Seymour High School and to continue to grow the traditions and excellence of the Seymour High School Band.
Mr. Cole begins his teaching career at Seymour High School as an Assistant Director. He is originally from Bristol, TN, but has lived in Knoxville since his freshman year of high school. Mr. Cole attended the University of Tennessee and received a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. He has studied under Dr. Donald Ryder, Dr. Michael Stewart, Dr. Fuller Lyon, Dr. Alexander van Duuren, Ron Rogers, and Keith Clupper. During his time at UT, Mr. Cole performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Trombone Choir. He also marched with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, in which he served as a Trombone Squad Leader and as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant.
In his free time, Mr. Cole loves to gig around Knoxville on trombone, play and coach ultimate frisbee, and find and cook great food.
Guard Instructor/Design Staff
Jason Franklin has been the Director of Guards at Seymour High School in Seymour, Tennessee since 2008. In that time, the Seymour Guard has consistently been at the forefront of the scholastic pageantry activity in the East Tennessee area. All aspects of the guard program strive to achieve at the highest levels with participation in Winter Guard International (WGI), Bands of America (BOA), Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA), and East Tennessee Performing Arts Association (ETPAA). Mr. Franklin brings a variety of experiences including a music education background, years of teaching/coaching, being a board member for the local guard association (ETPAA), and as a performer.
Mr. Franklin is a native of the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee and graduated from Sullivan East High School. He studied Music Education at East Tennessee State University and performed with the Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, and Marching Band as Drum Major in 2002. He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN with a degree in Elementary Education (BS in 2010), and Middle School Endorsement (2012). He also received a Masters Degree in School Administration in 2017. Mr. Franklin served as Guard Director at Clinton High School from 2004-2009 and works with numerous programs locally and nationally as a consultant. Mr. Franklin previously taught at Boyds Creek Elementary as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher, and is now one of the Assistant Band Directors for Seymour High School.