Tim Avant is beginning his fourth year as Auxiliary Coordinator for the Famous Maroon Band. He has taught in the Mississippi public school systems for 26 years having recently retired as Director of Bands for the Louisville School District. His teaching career began in McComb, followed by stops at Southwest Mississippi Community College, Kosciusko, Amory, West Point, and Stone County. Having taught on all academic levels kindergarten to college, his primary focus was middle school and high school band. His groups consistently received superior ratings in marching, concert, and sight-reading.
After graduating from West Point High School, Mr. Avant received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Mississippi State University. He served on the staff of the Florida All-Star Marching Band, Mississippi Lions All-State Band in 1992, and was Visual Coordinator for the 2006 International Champion Mississippi Lions All-State Band. In 1994 and 1995, he served as Visual Coordinator for Itawamba Community College’s WGI Southern Regional Finalist Indoor Color Guard.
Mr. Avant is a member of the National Band Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has served as an officer for the Northeast Mississippi Junior High Band Directors Association, a former member of the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association and East Mississippi Band Directors Association. He adjudicates marching band, color guard and drum major throughout the Southeastern United States.