Mr. James Merriweather- Director of Bands His Bio James Merriweather is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Music. His parents emphasized the significance of a good education and accomplishment. He was motived to love music as an elementary student. James has taught intrumental music in the public school, university and collegiate levels for over thirty years. He was a member of the 313th Army Band where he performed for General Colin Powell and other dignitaries. In 2010, Mr. Merriweather established the Preservation Jazz Band, Inc. He is a member of the Alabama Band Association, First Baptist Churh of Fairfield, Alabama, life member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honarary Band Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.