Director of Bands
Thompson Middle School
Michael Chambless is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Thompson Middle School, and his eighth year of teaching. Mr. Chambless is a native of Hoover, Alabama and a graduate of Hoover High School.
Prior to his time at Thompson, Mr. Chambless began his teaching career at Hillcrest and Duncanville Middle Schools in Tuscaloosa, AL. His bands have consistently received superior rating at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. His bands have also performed in Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He has served on staff at various summer music camps throughout the region and also assists with the Thompson High School Marching Southern Sounds.
Mr. Chambless holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from The University of Alabama and a Masters in Education from the American Band College at Central Washington University. At UA, he was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Million Dollar Band, and studied saxophone with Dr. Jon Noffsinger. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, and Alabama Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Alabaster with his wife Cindy, who is a professional musician, and their daughter Caroline.
At Thompson Middle School, Mr. Chambless conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Band 2, and assists with Concert Band 1.He also teaches beginning band saxophone, clarinet, and flute classes.