Michael D. Jones, Sr.
Music Educator, Composer, Pianist
Michael D. Jones, Sr. is a native of Hampton, Virginia. Mr. Jones began studying the piano at the age of nine and played the trombone in junior and high school bands. He enrolled in Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Public School Music and graduated with honors. His major instrument of study was the piano and his minor instruments of study were the trombone and organ. Mr. Jones has been a professional musician for over thirty years, building a reputation as a sought after pianist/keyboardist, music educator, composer, arranger and producer. His music has been heard on a local television pilot in Virginia. He has performed with various top-forty and jazz groups in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Mr. Jones has shared the stage with national acts such as Doc Powell, Brian Culbertson, Joyce Cooling, Roy Ayers, The Whispers, Gladys Knight, and Pieces Of A Dream. Mr. Jones was the principal pianist at Ceasers in Atlantic City for Belinda and Black Tie. He has composed, arranged and produced three CD's under his name: "It Makes You Wonder" (smooth jazz), "Tis The Season" (holiday) and "Worship" (contemporary). Mr. Jones has served as guest choral director for the Virginia Peninsula Male Chorus and The Martin Luther King Choir in Durham, North Carolina.
Mr. Jones has been a music educator for twenty three years. Mr. Jones was the assistant band director and choral director at Toano Middle School in Williamsburg, Virginia. During his time at Toano, Mr. Jones composed the school's first Alma Mater. Under his direction, the Toano Chorus participated in National Competitions and received two first place awards. Mr. Jones has also served as adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University where he directed the jazz combo band. Mr. Jones is currently the Choir Director and Jazz Band II Director at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
and was the 2015 -2016 District Teacher of the Year for Chapel Hill.
Mr. Jones has written manuscript scores for Durham's Evening of Entertainment and has scored the movie "Anna Alone" for Beery Media an Emmy nominated media company. Mr. Jones has also scored the movie "Lost Flight" which was directed by Joe Anderson and Nancy Renaud. Mr. Jones is composed the music for the musical "Brigid Without a Story" directed by Jenny Justice.
Visit the "scoring" page to listen to Mr. Jones' award winning scores and other scored films.
FILM SCORING AWARDS
2017 Best Score Christian Film Festival
2017 Honorable Mention Horror Indie Gathering Film Festival
2016 Honorable Mention Indie Gathering Film Festival
2015 Second Place Award Scary Scoring Competition
2015 Second Place Award International Horror Film Scoring Competition
2014 Award Winning Film Score Indie Gathering Film Festival
2013 Second Place Award International Horror Film Scoring Competition