Office Address: Coulter
Website: Pride of the Mountains Marching Band
M.A. Education in Music, Western Carolina University
B. S. Education in Music, Western Carolina University
Jon Henson joined the School of Music in 2007 as an Assistant Director of Athletic
Bands. Some of his primary duties are to instruct and arrange for the rhythm section
and the front ensemble. Some of Jon's other duties include the management of all aspects
of the "Pride of the Mountains" electronics as well as developing media for the band
In 2009 the “Pride of the Mountains” was presented the Sudler Trophy, the highest
award recognized by collegiate marching bands. The band has performed in the Tournament
of Roses Parade (2011), as halftime entertainment for the Carolina Panthers (2011),
the exhibition band at The Bands of America Southeast Regional in Atlanta, Georgia
(2011), the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana
(2012, 2015) and the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (2014).
Within the School of Music Jon also serves on the Commercial and Electronic Music
faculty. He teaches a variety of courses including Music Technology Methods, Audio
in Media, Live Sound Reinforcement, Storytelling Through Sound, and Music Notation
Software. Jon also serves as Director and Arranger for "Electric Soul". This ensemble
consists of vocalist, horns, and a full rhythm section performing music from the 70's
to the music of today. The ensemble tours annually and has recently performed in Nashville,
TN, Manteo, NC, Washington, DC, and Orlando, FL.
In 2009 Mr. Henson founded the Mountain Winds Community Band. This regional ensemble
consists of members from surrounding counties and includes both adult and high school
members. The ensemble has seen tremendous success and continues to grow through annual
performances across the area.
Mr. Henson has been a guest presenter for many functions including the National Collegiate
Athletic Band Symposium, the North Carolina Music Educators Annual Conference and
also the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Conference. Jon has been a consultant for
many articles referring to technology in the marching arts including “Halftime Magazine”
and also the MENC magazine “Teaching Music”.
Outside of the School of Music Jon is a sought after percussion writer, adjudicator,
and instructor for bands across the South East. He has taught in various public school
music programs in Western North Carolina including North Buncombe High School and
Tuscola High School. From 2008 through 2010 Jon served as an Assistant Director and
front ensemble arranger of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. In 2013 and 2017
Jon served as a faculty member for the Honor Band of America in the Tournament of
Roses Parade. Jon is a member of MENC, PAS, CBDNA, and is a Vic Firth, Remo, and Zildjian
Jon graduated from Western Carolina University with his B.A. in Music Education (2005)
and his M.A. in Music Education (2007). He is married to Nishelle Henson, a public
school math teacher and lives in Sylva, NC.
D.M.A., Choral Music, University of Southern California
M.Mus., Music Composition, East Carolina University
B.Mus., Music Theory and Composition, East Carolina University
Dr. Bruce H. Frazier joined the faculty of Western's music department in 1998 as the
first recipient of the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship in Commercial
and Electronic Music. The Academy of Television Arts and Science has twice recognized
him for his contributions to dramatic underscore and sound mixing for television programs.
He also has been nominated for several Emmys for his role as music editor on the TV
series “Quantum Leap,” and a Golden Reel nomination for his work on “JAG.” In addition
to composing and editing, he also uses his talents in music technology, particularly
in MIDI synthesis and the recording arts.
Frazier holds the bachelor's and master's degrees in music, both from East Carolina
University, and the doctorate in music from the University of Southern California,
where he studied conducting with James Vail and Rodney Eichenberger.
In addition to his professional work as conductor for television and film, Frazier
was the orchestra director and arranger for country singer Loretta Lynn for more than
a decade. He has conducted for other artists including Ronnie Milsap and Mac Davis.
Frazier was the music coordinator for “Dolly,” the ABC TV series starring singer Dolly
Dr. Frazier’s hobbies include the graphic arts--print making and painting, and going
for hikes along the many trails in beautiful Western North Carolina.