Hunter Mullins is an active performer, studio teacher, and has been the band director at John Sevier Middle School in Kingsport, Tennessee, since 2009. He is a Kingsport native and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2004 after having performed in the first bands from Dobyns-Bennett to attend the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Mullins earned a Bachelor of Music from East Tennessee State University in 2008, receiving the Frank E. Little award for academic excellence. He went on to obtain a Master of Education in 2009 from Milligan College. Mr. Mullins is currently pursuing doctoral studies in educational leadership at East Tennessee State University.
As band director at John Sevier Middle School, Mr. Mullins has had the opportunity to maintain and build upon a long established tradition of musical excellence at his own alma mater. The Sevier Warrior Band program, grades 6-8, is 200 members strong. Performing ensembles include beginning band, concert band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble. Most recent accolades under Mullins’ direction include multiple Superior ratings at concert festival in Grade III and invitations to perform the National Anthem in collaboration with the Ross N. Robinson Middle School band at the Chattanooga Lookouts, Asheville Tourists, and Tennessee Smokies baseball parks as well as Dolly’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge.
Hunter Mullins is an adjunct music faculty member at Milligan University. His duties at the school include teaching the brass studio, brass methods, and world music. Additionally, Hunter’s growing experience has led to him being sought out as a clinician and festival adjudicator. He served as the clinician for the Smyth County, VA, middle school honor band in 2018 and stage judge for the Virginia District VII concert festival in 2019. Hunter is currently scheduled to be the middle school clinician for the Virginia District VII honor band in 2021.
Other awards accredited to Mr. Mullins include the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2012 and 2014, and the Rosemary Smith “Touching Lives” Remembrance Award in 2019 for the Sevier staff member causing the greatest impact upon students throughout middle school. All of these awards were student nominated and selected.
Performance and studio teaching are high priorities for Hunter. His private studio has produced many all-state players and college scholarship recipients on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Mr. Mullins has been the 2nd trombonist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and regularly performs with a number of other regional ensembles including the Symphony of the Mountains, the Brass Band of Appalachia, and various stage bands. He performed as a guest artist at the Tennessee Music Education Association state conference in 2016 and has been on stage with phenomenal musicians such as The Temptations. Hunter has been Kingsport’s TubaChristmas coordinator since 2013 as well. His primary teachers include Bill Medearis, Jimmie Self, and David Bubsey. He also studied with Don Hough, Dale Warren, and Brad Kerns. Hunter and his wife, Leslie, have three young daughters, Chloe, Clara, and Chyler.