J.T. Moore has award-winning band and string programs. Students are welcome to join as early as 5th grade and participate in a variety of performances, ensembles and clubs. 5th graders are exposed to the available instruments early in the year so that they can determine what is a good “fit” for them.
All incoming 5th grade students are enrolled in the related arts rotation of classes which includes Visual Arts, Coding/STEM, and Physical Education. The alternative option that JT Moore has available is to enroll in Band or Strings music classes which then take the place of the related arts rotation. For parents who wish for their child to enroll in either Band or Strings for the 2021-22 academic school year, please fill out this form. You only need to complete this form if you want your child to take STRINGS or BAND in place of the related arts rotation and your child is a 5th grade student.
Our school band director is Shane Kimbro. Mr. Kimbro is a native Nashvillian and a product of Metro schools. He went on to major in music education at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation he taught at three schools a day for four years as the band director for Hattie Cotton Elementary, East Middle, and Johnson Middle (first two years) and Dalewood Middle (last two years). He then transferred to Goodlettsville Middle School where he taught for 7 years before coming to JT Moore.
Our school’s strings director is David Henry. Mr. Henry began in the JT Moore strings program in 2016, after 2 years teaching 8th grade mathematics. Mr. Henry is originally from Georgia but has been a fixture in Nashville for many years following his opening of True Tone Recording in 12South. He has a background playing a plethora of instruments, from horns to guitar to ukulele to cello. His band, Brother Henry, has recorded 5 albums and played with the likes of Def Leppard, Taylor Swift, Steve Earle, Ben Folds, Guster, Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls, Jars of Clay, Leeland, Tim McGraw, Relient K, REM, and Widespread Panic.