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Rockwood High School

Mr. Metcalfe

Mr. Christopher Lee Metcalfe- Director of Bands



Christopher Metcalfe received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University (1997). As a student, he studied private trombone with Professors Larry Hoepfinger and Dr. Kevin Chiarizzio, and conducting with Joseph Hermann. While at Tennessee Technological University, Christopher Metcalfe earned several honors including Phi Mu Alpha's Outstanding Musician (1997), and membership into the leading ensembles of the institution.   

Christopher Metcalfe began his professional career in music education, working with Jackson County High School, DeKalb County High School, Oakland High School, and Roane County High School as the Low Brass instructor. Christopher Metcalfe then accepted a position with Lewis County Schools as band director in 1998. He developed a competitive marching band that won championships throughout Tennessee and Alabama. In his two of his three years there, bands were ranked in the top ten bands in the Division Two State Marching Band Championship. Christopher Metcalfe returned to Rockwood High School in 2001. Since that time, the band program has doubled in size, and has won many honors which include being ranked in the top ten of marching bands from Division 1A schools for seven years and being honored as the USSBA Tennessee State Champion for 2011 in Group IIIA.  Christopher Metcalfe has earned individual honors such as being selected two times for WBIR Band of the Week, and WBIR Educator of the Week. He has been recognized twice by the Governor's School for the Arts as an Outstanding Teacher, twice as a Who's Who of American Teachers, Who's Who in America, and a nominee for Disney's Outstanding Teacher program. He was also selected as Rockwood High School's Teacher of the Year for school year 2010-2011, 2019-2020, Roane State Community College's Adjunct Teacher of the Year for the Humanities Division in 2020, and Roane County's High School Teacher of the Year for 2020. Christopher Metcalfe completed his Master of Music in Music Education at Boston University (2011).

As a performer, Christopher Metcalfe has performed with the O.J. Cummins Big Band Sound, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Cumberland County Playhouse as principal trombonist in productions of "Hello, Dolly!", "The Music Man", and "My Fair Lady", various popular music ensembles (as a guitarist), and the Rockwood First Presbyterian Church Choir. He currently works as a music educator at Rockwood High School in Rockwood, TN and as an adjunct music faculty member for Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN. Christopher Metcalfe is active as a clinician, performer, educator, and adjudicator throughout East Tennessee. He holds memberships in NEA, TEA, RCEA, NAfME, ETSBOA, Phi Mu Alpha, and TSSBDA. Christopher Metcalfe is a past president of TSSBDA and is currently president of TSSBDA.  Christopher Metcalfe is also a Jupiter Artist.


CAREER OBJECTIVE:     Research and development in the field of instrumental music education.


2010-2011   Boston University, Boston, MA

                       Masters of Music Education, QPA of 3.77

1993-1997    Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

                        Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education, QPA of 3.37 on a 4.0 scale

1989-1993     Rockwood High School, Rockwood, TN
                        Honor’s Diploma, GPA of 95.05 on a 100 scale


2014-Present                           Adjunct Music Faculty, Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN

My responsibilities include teaching Music Appreciation courses to students of all ages, including high school students involved in dual enrollment.  I am also responsible for teaching private trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, flute, alto sax, clarinet, and tuba lessons.  I am also the director of the Stage Production Band.

2001-Present                           Director of Bands, Rockwood High School, Rockwood, TN

 My responsibilities include developing a music program with instrumental emphasis, and developing a curriculum for music education in band and general music (music history).  I have also developed a functional marching band, concert band, pep band, and jazz band.  Under my direction, the Rockwood Band has received high ratings, has seen its membership more than double, and has been ranked as high as third in the state of Tennessee in 1A high school bands and USSBA State Champion in 2011. 

1999-2001                               Director of Bands, Lewis County High School, Hohenwald, TN

My responsibilities included developing a music program with instrumental emphasis, and developing a curriculum for music education in band and music history. I have also developed a functional marching band, concert band, pep band, and jazz band.  Under my direction, Lewis County Bands received superior ratings.  Lewis County was deemed a champion band in all of Tennessee as well as in Alabama.

1998-1999                            Co-Director of Bands, Lewis County High School, Hohenwald, TN


My responsibilities included developing a quality middle school band program that consisted of a general music program and middle school band program. I was also responsible for assisting with the high school band.  Under my direction, the middle school band program experienced growth not only in quality, but also quantity.  The band program grew from under fifty members to over eighty members in just one year.


2015-Present                           Jupiter Artist

2001-Present                           East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association

2001-Present                           Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association

2007-2013                               TSSBDA President (Newly elected 2017)

1996-Present                           National Education Association, Tennessee Educator’s Association

1996-Present                           Music Educator’s National Conference, Tennessee Music Educator’s Association

1995-1997                                Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, Tennessee Technological University

REFERENCES:                      Professional references available from employers and university upon request.