||Originally from Humboldt, Tennessee, Mr. Tate currently serves as the music advisor/consultant for the middle and high school band programs in the Gibson County Special School District. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director of Bands at Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee from 2006 until 2021. During his tenure the band consistently received superior ratings as both a marching and concert band. In 2011 (Division II), 2014 (Division I), 2017 (Division I), and 2018 (Division I) the Gibson County High School Band was named the TN Marching Band State Champions. Under his direction, the band has performed a standstill concert at the Statue of Liberty (2010), marched in the Electric Parade in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (2014), and marched in the nation's longest running parade, The 257th Annual NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade (2018). The band recently marched this past January in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. In addition, the “Marching Pioneers” were the recipients of the “Marching Band of the Year Award” from the Tennessee Music Awards in 2018.
His formal education includes the Humboldt City School System, The University of Memphis, and Bethel College. In 2012, Mr. Tate was named the Gibson County School District's “Teacher of the Year” for the high school grade level and again in 2014 for the building level “Teacher of the Year” for Gibson County High School. Mr. Tate has consulted and taught numerous high schools, colleges, and drum corps in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Alabama; including but not limited to serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Bethel College (now Bethel University, McKenzie, TN), serving as the visual caption head for the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and serving on the visual staff with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Tate is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. His professional memberships include NAfME, WTSBOA, and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association. He is currently on the active adjudicator roster for Drum Corps International (DCI), Winter Guard International (WGI), the Gulf Coast Judges Association, Central States Judges Association, Western Bands Association, and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association. He is a proud alum of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and a former advisor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Music Fraternity and Sorority. He currently resides in Jackson with his wife Erika, daughters Katherine & Cassidy, and their dog Allie.