Terry S. Ownby retired June 1 of 2021, after 30 years of teaching instrumental music. Mr. Ownby was the Director of Bands at Florence High School where he oversaw the marching, concert and jazz bands and served as the Secondary Fine Arts Academic Leader. Prior to his appointment at Florence, he served as a professor of music at Wallace State Community College, where he taught Symphonic Band, Music Theory, Music Appreciation and the Brass studio. He held the position of Director of Bands at Muscle Shoals Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Muscle Shoals High School for 22 years and also was instrumental in restarting the Muscle Shoals Jazz band program, which he directed for 9 years. He holds a Bachelors of Music in music education and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of North Alabama. He serves as a guest Clinician/Conductor and Adjudicator throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Ownby serves as President of Terry Ownby Consulting, a firm founded to help build better cultures within schools and businesses, provide leadership training for both students and adults, and other services to schools and music programs. He currently serves as Past President of the Alabama Bandmasters Association and has been a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Board of directors since 2003, serving as District 3 Vice Chair and Chairman, Recording Secretary (2005-2017), President Elect (2017-2019) and President (2019-2021). l of 2022.