A graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education, Jeff Burnside has been teaching in Alabama for 31 years with the last 19 years being in the Shelby County School System. Prior to starting the band program at Helena High School, Mr. Burnside taught at Pelham High School, Homewood Middle School and B.C. Rain High School in Mobile. He is the President of the Shelby County Band Director’s Association, and also a member of the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and remains active as a trumpet player in the Birmingham area.
A graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Brent Traylor has been at Helena since 2019. Prior to coming to Helena, he taught for 3 years at Fayette County High School where he consistently earned superior ratings. He is a member of National Association for Music Education, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi. Brent currently lives in Alabaster with his wife Kaitlyn, their daughter Scarlett, who was born in September of 2018, and two fur babies, a cat named Tigris and a dog named Roxie.
Middle School Director
Katie Burnside is the Band Director of the Helene Middle School Bands. Mrs. Burnside has 6 years of teaching experience prior to Helena. She most recently was the Assistant Band Director at Clay-Chalkville Middle School where she also assisted with Clay-Chalkville High School Bands.
Mrs. Burnside has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013 and a Master of Music from Auburn University in 2016. Her primary instrument is the oboe, with which she has performed in church, community, and school related bands across the state. In December of 2017, she performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, IL as a member of The Alabama Winds.
Bands under Mrs. Burnside's direction have consistently scored well at State Festivals.
Jordan Smith is the Majorette Sponsor for Helena High School Band. She teaches Special Education at Helena High School and is in her 7th year of teaching. Jordan graduated from the University of Montevallo and earned her Master's degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jordan grew up in Helena and loves working in her hometown. She loves spending time with her adorable nieces Vanna and Isla.
dance team sponsor
Jenni Russell is the Dance Team Sponsor for the Helena High School Band. She graduated from Chelsea High School where she was a member of the Star Stepper dance team. Jenni received a Bachelor's of Science degree from Auburn University in Secondary Education Language Arts in 2007. Jenni was a member of the Auburn University Marching Band Color Guard. She earned her Master's of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in English as a Secondary Language Education in 2012. Jenni began her teaching career at Pelham High School where she coached the Pelham Colorguard team from 2008-2013. Jenni also coached the Pelham Pantherettes before moving to Helena High School in 2014. She is a certified Dance Team coach through the Universal Dance Association. Jenni currently lives in Helena with her daughter Sealy.
Lindsey graduated from University of South Alabama with a bachelor's in Communications. She received her master's from Samford University in Secondary Education. Lindsey teaches English. Lindsey is passionate about the arts and music but has never played an instrument (unlike the rest of her family)!
BAND BOOSTER BOARD
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President- Lisa Viola
Co-Chair- Diane Watkins
Chair- JoAnna McClellan
Co-Chair- Brenda Rimmer
Chair- Tammy Barbier
Chair- Allyson Agee
Co-Chair- Carolyn Fort
Chair- Mark Corley
Co-Chair- Brian Devereaux
COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA
Chair- Penny Walker
Co-Chair- Anntwinette Ragland
Daryl and Christy Ingram
Director of Bands- Jeff Burnside
Director of Bands- Brent Traylor
Middle School Director- Katie Burnside
Color Guard Sponsor- Lindsey Watson
Dance Team Sponsor- Jenni Russell
Majorette Sponsor- Jordan Smith