Mr. Wyman Jones is in his twenty-seventh year teaching instrumental music and has been the band director at Springbrook High School for the past thirteen years. He received his Bachelors or Science degree in Music Education from Grambling State University in 1984 and his Maters of Music Education degree from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996. He previously taught instrumental music in the District of Columbia Public Schools, including seven years at the world-renowned Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. Since coming to Springbrook in 1999, he has established a number of programs. The Summer Jazz Institute and Music Workshop, The Swing Into Spring Annual Benefit Dinner Dance, the Springbrook String Quartet, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Pep Band and in the fall of 1999, he established the Springbrook Instrumental Music Boosters. The Springbrook Music Boosters is an organization of parents, students, staff, administrators and interested community members, who have come together to support the instrumental music program at Springbrook.
Under the leadership of Mr. Jones, the music department earned Grammy recognition in 2008 and was awarded the Grammy Signature Schools Gibson Award. The Grammy Foundation recognizes outstanding U.S. Public High School music programs. The music department received a $5,000 grant for the purchase of new instruments and music related equipment form the Grammy Foundation.
Over the years the Instrumental Music Program has competed in a number of national music festival across the United States and Canada. It has earned superior and outstanding ratings in all. These festival locations include: Atlanta, Georgia, Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Anaheim, California, Memphis, Tennessee, Williamsburg, Virginia and Toronto, Canada.
In May of 2008, Mr. Jones established the first ever Senior Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund at Springbrook. At the end of each school year, the senior instrumental music scholarship fund award senior band and orchestra members with a cash scholarship for outstanding service, performance and commitment to the Springbrook Instrumental Music Program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, band and orchestra members must demonstrate outstanding service and complete four consecutive years in the instrumental music program. Since the inception of the scholarship fund in 2008, the Springbrook Instrumental Music program has awarded over $5,000 in scholarships to deserving band and orchestra members and has pledge to increase the fund for the upcoming school year.
The Middle School Band and Orchestra Night is another program developed by Mr. Jones while at Springbrook. This program is designed to provide middle school instrumental music students an opportunity to participate in the Springbrook band or orchestra program and receive music lessons from the Springbrook band and orchestra members. The middle school students also get an opportunity to perform with the Marching Band at a home football game.
Even though resources and funding is limited, Mr. Jones alone with many parent volunteers have successfully written and received funding from several grants for the Springbrook music program. The funding from these grants make it possible to purchase new instruments, repair existing instruments, purchase music , uniforms and equipment. The music program has received grant funding form the following organizations; Challenge for the Children Foundation, Mr. Holland Opus foundation, Washington Post Music and Arts Grant and :Donors Choose Foundation. If you or your organization would like to become a supporter of the Springbrook High School Instrumental Music program, please contact Mr. Jones at Wyman_O_Jones@mcpsmd.org.