Pearson Bio

Mr. Pearson is a native of Clinton, North Carolina. Graduating in the top 5 percent of his class at Ayden-Grifton High School, he was awarded the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. He attended East Carolina University, where he graduated Magna Cum-Laude with his Bachelor of Music Education in 2004. While attending East Carolina he participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble B, and various chamber ensembles. Prior to his arrival at Belton High School, he served 10 years as Director of Bands at Clayton High School with Johnston County Schools. Before Clayton, he served 2 years as Director of Bands at Speight Middle School with Wilson County Schools. While at Speight, Mr. Pearson built the program to over 130 students and started a band booster organization. In 2005, Mr. Pearson received a Star Teacher Award for outstanding performance. During the time at Speight, Mr. Pearson completed his Master of Music Education degree at East Carolina University in 2006, and soon thereafter took the job as Assistant Band Director at Clayton High School.

Mr. Pearson was named as the Head Director at Clayton High School in 2009. Under his direction the band accomplished many outstanding milestones including making Bands of America Regional Finals 5 times with the marching band, WGI Finals in both Percussion and Guard, and multiple Superior Ratings in Grade V and VI at NC Music Performance Adjudication events. The growth of the Jazz Program at Clayton has also been largely due his love of jazz and teaching. Mr. Pearson’s vision, determination, and organization gave Clayton constant growth and direction to become one of the best programs in North Carolina.

Mr. Pearson is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2009 Mr. Pearson served on the WGI Board of Directors. He lives in Temple with his wife Leigh Anne, and their two children, Brayden and Kensley. He is actively involved at Crossroads Church in Belton.