Amir Jones: 2023 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 2006

Class of 2006 graduate Amir Jones is the instrumental music teacher for grades 9 – 12 at Harvey High School. He first was assistant marching band director starting almost 17 years ago and has been the head director for 11 years. He has rebuilt the band to impressive levels and further developed the instrumental music program. His marching bands have garnered respect not only in Lake County but also across the state. Additionally, his concert bands have earned a superior rating.

Amir was recently named Northeast Ohio winner of the Barry Manilow Music Award, a national honor. He was named top music educator under age 40 by Yamaha and was recognized by the Cavaliers three times as a “Head of the Class” award recipient. His ability to inspire students has led to his recognition as a quarterfinalist for a Music Education Grammy Award. An excellent role model, he remains humble, especially considering his recent recognitions. Above all, he wishes to show students how music can be a bridge for those struggling
to achieve.

Amir shares his musical talent with two churches. He has been the pianist for Painesville’s First Church Congregational for 16 years as he accompanies their musical group Joyride. He has directed the choir and been the pianist for St. John Baptist Church for 13 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Painesville Organization.

As a student at RHS, Amir was a respected member of his class and an honor student. He participated In Riverside Revue, Principal’s Advisory Committee, the Wellness Committee, the light and sound crew for theater productions, and of course was a band member all four years. After receiving his music education degree from Cleveland State University, he chose to stay in Lake County, where he has certainly achieved the exceptional impact that was his goal.

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