Mr. Matt Pickering

Band Director

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Matt Pickering

Remind Codes

6th Grade Band - @lewisband6

7th Grade Band - @lewisband7

8th Grade Band - @lewisband8

Middle School Guard Class - @mrspguard


About the Teacher

With twenty years of teaching experience, Matthew Pickering is in his third year as assistant director of bands at Lewisburg Middle School.  Prior to his appointment at Lewisburg Middle School, Mr. Pickering served six years as associate director of bands for the Pearl Public School District, Pearl, MS.  He served eight years at Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS serving four years as assistant director of bands and the last four years as director of bands. In addition, he served as assistant director of bands at South Jones High School, Ellisville, MS for four years.  From January 2004 to May 2019, Mr. Pickering served as organist at First Baptist Church, Laurel, MS, and from May 1998 to December 2003 he served as organist at Seminary Baptist Church, Seminary, MS.

Mr. Pickering graduated from Seminary High School, Seminary, MS in May 1996 and began his collegiate studies at Jones County Junior College.  He was a member of the Jones County Junior College “Maroon Typhoon” Marching Band, the JCJC Symphonic Band, and the JCJC Concert Choir.  Mr. Pickering studied tuba with Raymond G. Young and piano with Dr. Theresa Sanchez.  While at JCJC, he marched with the “Maroon Typhoon” in the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.  

Mr. Pickering received a Bachelor of Music Education in December 2000 and a Master of Music Education in December 2004 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.  Under the direction of Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo, he served as principal tuba in the USM Wind Ensemble and was a member of the “Pride of Mississippi” Marching Band.  He studied tuba under Thomas G. Stein, Dr. Ed Owen, and Dr. Richard Perry and was a member of the USM Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.  In addition, Mr. Pickering was a member of the “Twisted Steel” tuba quartet that won the 2000 International Tuba Euphonium Conference quartet competition in Regina, Canada.  “Twisted Steel” performed as guest artists at the 2001 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Lahti, Finland. 

Mr. Pickering is a member of the Mississippi Band Directors Association, the Delta Chapter of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, and the National Band Association.  He is currently serving as pianist at First Baptist Church Nesbit, Nesbit, MS.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Kim Pickering), family, and friends.


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