Mrs. Jenny Lanier holds BM degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Appalachian State University and a MM degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Lanier has been active in the music education field for the past fifteen years. She has been an instructor and guest clinician of marching bands and concert bands throughout North Carolina and Georgia.
During her tenure at McDowell High School the band has doubled in size. The band performed in the nationally televised McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago in 2015 and New York City's Veteran's Day Parade in 2017. The band has earned consistent Excellent and Superior ratings at state adjudications in marching band as well as Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. The McDowell High School Band has been represented by band members at Western NC All-District Bands Clinics and Western Region Jazz Band.
Prior to her appointment at McDowell High School, she spent seven years at West McDowell Junior High School. During her tenure there the number of students enrolled in the band program doubled. West McDowell's concert and jazz bands consistently earned Excellent and Superior ratings at state performance adjudications as well as festivals throughout the eastern United States. The West McDowell Band has been represented by band members at Western NC All-District Band Clinics, Western Region Jazz Band as well as North Carolina All-State Band and North Carolina All-State Jazz Band.
During the 2011-2012 school year she was selected as West McDowell Junior High Teacher of the Year. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters Association and is involved in the North Carolina Music Educators Association Mentor Program. She is the co-founder of "Music Across the Miles", an international program in which she traveled to Haiti to work with village bands. During the summer of 2015, Mrs. Lanier and seven other NC band directors traveled with the NC Ambassadors Honor Band throughout seven European countries and performed five concerts over fourteen days.
She is a member of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), Women Band Directors International (WBDI) and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Mrs. Lanier also actively performs with Lenoir Sax, www.lenoirsax.org