Meet The Team
Christopher Hathcock
Band Director
Band Director Chris Hathcock lives with his beautiful wife, Carmen, and their two ferrets, Joker and Harley Quinn. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Winthrop University studying Conducting. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Hathcock was the Director of Percussion Studies at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC. While at South Meck, he built a very reputable and award-winning marching percussion program from the ground up and developed a concert percussion ensemble that performed grade V and VI pieces which garnered the support and praise of many surrounding university percussion programs. In 2009, Mr. Hathcock took over as Director of Bands at Cheraw High School in Cheraw, SC. During his time at Cheraw the marching band (known as "The Tribe") garnered multiple division championships, caption awards, made State finals every year, and claimed two consecutive Lower State Championships - in 2012.
In addition to being an educator and adjudicator, he is also an active composer and arranger. As a performer, Mr. Hathcock has played with dozens of bands, ensembles, 
and combos through the years. From gigging with a bebop quartet around the metro area to playing with a local wind ensemble to touring over state lines with heavy metal bands, he has always sought to play as much
as possible. Currently, his progressive rock band is signed to H&H Records. The band program, beyond marching, enjoyed much success under his direction receiving superior ratings at concert festivals, numerous 
students earning placement in region honor bands, dozens of superior ratings at solo & ensemble festivals, and winning the Outstanding Performance Award from the South Carolina Band Director's Association. 
He also spearheaded the implementation of new courses at Cheraw High School such as AP Music Theory and Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew Parunak
Assistant Band Director
Matthew Parunak is a professional arranger, drill writer, bass trombonist, and music educator from West Jefferson, NC. Matthew is a proud graduate of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Tuba Performance and Master's Degree in Arts and Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. Following his graduation in 2009, Matthew taught at Forbush High School and Middle School for four years, receiving consistent superior and excellent ratings in both marching and concert band. 
  
He is currently the bass trombonist of the Durham Symphony and serves as the assistant director at Jordan High School. He is on professional staff with the University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels as an educator and arranger. Matthew has arranged music for a variety high school and collegiate marching ensembles across the state of North Carolina, as well as being an active adjudicator for the marching band activity in NC and SC. Matthew resides in Chapel Hill with his wife, Sarah, and their two pets.
  
Josie Ballew
Guard Director
Josie Ballew is from Black Mountain, NC; however, she is currently residing in Chapel Hill, NC, where she is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In May, she will be graduating with a B.S. Business Administration and a B.A. Earth Systems.

She had been involved with color guard, winter guard, and dance programs since 2010 -- spinning for 10 seasons and teaching for 6.






Throughout those years she has directed multiple winter guard and fall guard programs, as well as assisted with several others. She is a proud member of Carolina Visual Productions, based in Garner, NC. She will be in her third year with CVPA this winter season.

Different Ensembles

Jordan Regiment 

Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Band

Jordan High School's elite competitive marching corps.  Members of the Jordan Regiment are what we call "Musical Athletes" because of the high level of physical demand in addition to the musical demand.  The marching bands from Jordan have a long history of outstanding shows and award-winning performances.  The Jordan Regiment competes in at least five marching band competitions each season (seasons run from August - Early November) as well as representing the school in parades and entertaining crowds at home football games.  This is a "no audition" ensemble but because of the necessities in designing the complex shows students must be signed up for The Jordan Regiment and attend band camp so their spot is secure.
The Jordan wind ensemble is our top level concert group typically performing music of a grade 6 thru Masterwork level.  This an audition only ensemble meaning all members must audition each year for entry.  Instrumentation is limited to certain numbers so it can be competitive to get in.  The wind ensemble plays very high level literature and is the destination for students looking for a challenge in their musical skills.  Performances include all yearly concerts and the State MPA festival.
The Jordan symphonic band is our beginning to intermediate level ensemble performing music typically between the Grade 3 - 5 level.  This is a great place for students looking to refine their skills on an instrument or learn a new instrument.  The symphonic band is featured at all yearly concerts and performs at the State MPA festival.  This is a "no audition" ensemble.

Jazz Combo Band

Jazz Big Band

Jazz combos are small jazz ensembles usually consisting of 6-8 members (wind section and rhythm section).  Combos are usually more focused on tune arrangements and further improvisation techniques which is permitted through the small group size.  Student creativity and initiative is of key importance.  Students may form their own jazz combos.  Performances include all yearly concerts as well as the UNC Jazz Festival and NCSSM Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Big Band is our large ensemble jazz group comprised of trumpets, trombones, and a variety of saxophones as well as piano, guitar, bass, and drums.  Other instruments such as clarinet or even flute can be featured in many big band pieces.  The Jazz Big Band plays a variety of styles and a variety of pieces.  Performances include all yearly concerts as well as the UNC Jazz Festival and NCSSM Jazz Festival.  There is an audition for this ensemble however those that do not "make" the ensemble can apprentice to learn.

Percussion Ensemble

The Jordan percussion ensemble is an afterschool group focused on contemporary percussion literature.  Membership is open to all students interested in learning to play percussion instruments or looking to further advance their skills.  This is a "no audition" ensemble.  Performances are held in the spring.

Band Booster Board 
The Jordan High School Band Boosters Club consists of 7 to 12 Officers.  In addition, there are dozens of parents and family members who donate time.  The Boosters are one of the foundation blocks of the Band.  Jordan High School Band Booster Club is available to help advance the growth quality and enhancement of the Jordan High School Band Program through financial logistical and moral support. If you have any concerns, questions, or requests please contact the Jordan High School Band Booster through email.

If you will like to contact the booster please click on their names to send them an email.

Amy Michaels
President

Valerie Parham-Thompson
VP of Operations

Kathy Caldwell-Smith
Communications Coordinator

General supervision over affairs of the band and is responsible for keeping the board fully informed of the band's activities.


Send out all communication to students, board members, and parents, keep all communication of events up to date, and update the website as needed.
  
Collaborates with the Band Director and the Student Band President on various program functions that require the Boards support.

Michele Winkler
Director of Ways and Means

Laura Fraioli
Treasurer

Kaylene Criger
Secretary

Keep an accurate account of the band's receipts and disbursements.
Plan and oversee band fundraising activities and assist with student fundraising.  Schedule staff for Duke Concessions.
Prepare and maintain the official minutes of all board meetings.

Laura Fraioli
Student Accounts

CC Harris
Volunteer Coordinator

Claudia Blab
Pit Crew Director

Keep track of student accounts, including band fee payments and fundraising revenue. 
Organize and schedule volunteers and chaperones for all band events.
Help create props for the marching band, help fix and maintain the up keep of band props.