Matthew Chambless, Director of Bands
Matthew Chambless began his teaching career in 2014 and is the Director of Bands at Simmons Middle School where his teaching responsibilities include Honor Band, Jazz Band, and co-teaching beginning band and concert band. Mr.Chambless has held positions at Chickasaw High School, Holtville Middle School/High School, and Double Springs Middle School/Winston County High School. Bands under the direction of Mr. Chambless have consistently received superior ratings at marching band competitions and have received superior ratings at the Alabama Music Performance Assessment. In 2019 the Simmons Middle School Honor Band was selected as a guest performance ensemble at The University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band.
Mr. Chambless holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and the Alabama Education Association. In 2021 Mr. Chambless gave a clinic at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, “A Comprehensive Pass Off System for the Urban and Rural School System”.
Mr. Chambless earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education from The University of Alabama, and a Master of Music Education degree from Central Washington University. During his tenure at Alabama, Mr. Chambless was an active performer and held positions with the Million Dollar Band, Alabama Wind Ensemble, Alabama Symphonic Band, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Jazz Ensemble, Alabama Brass Choir, and the Alabama Trumpet Ensemble, where he served as the conductor of the trumpet ensemble in 2013.
Mr. Chambless is still an active trumpet performer who has previously held a position in the Shoals Symphony Orchestra and is now an active member of the community band Alabama Winds. Mr. Chambless currently performs at many churches in the Birmingham, AL area.
Mr. Chambless enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Mr. Chambless is married to Victoria Chambless, who is an outstanding flute player and the Associate Director of Bands at Pizitz Middle School. As a native of Hoover, AL, and a product of Hoover City Schools, Mr. Chambless is thrilled to be teaching in Hoover City Schools and serving as the Director of Bands at Simmons Middle School.