The Franklin High School Band, NC

Franklin High School
100 Panther Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524 - 6467  (school)
(828) 342 - 6613  (cell)

Director of Bands :  Mr. Buddy Huckabee

Above:  *(L to R)
Mrs. Jennifer Huckabee -(asst.)
Mr. Robert Jessup - (asst.)
Mr. Buddy Huckabee - Director

Franklin High School is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.  Franklin is proud to support all athletics, arts, curricular and extra-curricular activites, as well as many youth leagues throughout town.  This is a great place to visit, live, and work, or just to spend a great weekend around the surroundings.  Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA are just a short drive away. 

        Our Band Director and other Staff Members: 

Director of Bands - Mr. Buddy Huckabee
Mr. Buddy Huckabee is a 1995 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, NC.  He attended Western Carolina University and received his bachelor's degree of Music Education in 1999.  Mr. Huckabee then taught at York Chester Middle School and Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, NC, before returning to Western Carolina University for his Master's Degree in 2001.  He is a proud member of Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), North Carolina Music Educator's Association (NCMEA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Omicron Epsilon), Kappa Kappa Psi, and the North Carolina Association for Educators (NCAE).
Mr. Huckabee is an alumnus of the world renowned Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, SC, and is a past hornline instructor for Forte Drum and Bugle Corps of Burelson, Texas.
While working on obtaining his Master's degree, he accepted the job at Franklin High School (just down the road from WCU) in 2001.  Since he has taken charge of the Franklin High School Band,  the various ensembles of the band have been awarded many first place, superior, and Grand Championship honors.  The band has been named the 2005 Toyota Gator Bowl Silver Division Grand Champions, the 2008 Alamo Bowl Silver Division Grand Champions, and the 2012 Gator Bowl Class A Grand Champions.  In 2015, the band performed with country music recording artist Craig Morgan for the Liberty Bowl Halftime show.  Mr. Huckabee is also a Music History professor at Southwestern Community College.   He is currently working to fulfill his licensure for school administration from Garder-Webb University. 
Assistant Director / Woodwind & Drum Major Tech - Mrs. Jennifer Huckabee

Mrs. Jennifer Huckabee is the current band director at Mountain View Intermediate School (Grades 5-6) in Franklin, NC.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Music with a focus in Music Education from Western Carolina University, and received her Master's degree from Gardner-Webb University.  Mrs. Huckabee is an assistant to the director, as well as the Drum Major Technician and Woodwind Instructor/Coordinator.  Under her instruction, the Drum Majors of FHS have won many prestigious honors throughout the southeast, including 1st Place honors in the 2012 National Gator Bowl parade and field show competition, and the Alamo Bowl parade and field show competitions in 2008.


Assistant Director - Personnel Director - Mr. Robert Jessup
Mr. Robert Jessup is the choir teacher at the high school, but is also responsible for the Marching Panther Regiment Colorguard.  Mr. Jessup is a graduate of Western Carolina University, and is presently pursuing a Master's degree.  He can also be seen working hard for the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center as either a talented actor, or working in concessions or selling tickets.


Other staff include:

Colorguard Coordinator / Instructor - Mr. Ray Fleenor
Music Technician - Mr. Joseph Cofer

Music Technician - Mr. Thomas Graham
Percussion Coordinator / Instructor - Mr. Daniel Ball - (Student teacher - WCU)
Percussion Instructor - TBA upon hiring
Music Technician / Drum Major Technician - Mr. Cody Lee Keener

Music Technician - Mr. Derek England
Music Technician - TBA upon hiring

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**This website is paid for by, archived, and maintained by Mr. B. Huckabee, Director of Bands. 
If you witness any problems with the site whatsoever, please contact him at: [email protected]