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.

MUSIC EDUCATOR
Mr. Jones has been a music educator for twenty one 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.
Mr. Jones is the 2015 -2016 District Teacher of the Year for Chapel Hill.

COMPOSER
​​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
Honorable Mention 2016 Indie Gathering Film Festival
Second Place Award 2015 Scary Scoring Competition
Second Place Award 2015 International Horror Film Scoring Competition​​
Award Winning Film Score 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival
Second Place Award 2013 International Horror Film Scoring Competition​​