Member Spotlight

Andy Nation

Andy was born in Milton, FL, in May of 1994, to Philip and Becky Nation. As a young child, he was involved in the Kids Choir at Pine Terrace Baptist Church. While in Kids Choir, Andy participated in many musicals as a member of the ensemble as well as a member of the drama team. As a child he also appeared in the cast of several dramatic productions/musicals with the PTBC Celebration Choir. At school, Andy was in the Fifth Grade Chorus and the All-County Honors Chorus. In middle school, Andy joined the Youth Choir at church and the band at school. He started playing clarinet, but eventually picked up the saxophone as a secondary instrument in high school. As he grew musically, Andy became more and more involved in band. He served as the principal chair clarinet for the Milton High School Symphonic Band, the lead alto sax in the Jazz Band, the principal clarinet in the Seussical the Musical Pit Orchestra, and also as Co-Drum Major. Andy was a member of many honor bands while in high school including ones at Troy, UF, FSU, USM, and the Florida All-State Honor Band. It was also in high school that Andy began to take on more musical responsibilities at church. Andy played saxophone in the worship band, was president of the youth choir and sang with the youth praise band. In the Spring of 2012 Andy graduated with honors from both Milton High with his high school diploma and Pensacola State College with his Associate of Arts degree. He then attended Troy University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in the Spring of  2015. While in college, Andy served as the Head Undergraduate Music Librarian for the Troy Band Program. He also marched in the Sound of the South Marching Band, played in the Clarinet Choir, was a member of the Collegiate Singers, and was a member of the Symphony Band. Through his time in band, Andy has had the opportunity to perform many places over the years. Some of the more notable places include Disney World (as a director), the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (Clarinet), the American Bandmasters Association (clarinet), and Costa Rica (Worship Leader). It was also while in college that Andy had his first opportunity to serve in a Ministry Position. He served as the Interim Music Director for Southside Baptist Church of Troy as well as a fill in Worship Leader for Pine Terrace Baptist Church as needed. Upon Graduation, Andy moved to Starkville, MS to teach Band in the Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD). During his three years in CMSD, Andy taught band on three campuses and Television Production at the high school. During his tenure as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Concert Band, Andy saw the band improve to ratings of Superior at the MHSAA State Marching Band Evaluation. His TV production class produced a talk show that was broadcast on the MyMississippi channel, They also produced promotional materials for the school district, promotional materials for the Mississippi Coding Academy, and broadcast CMSD athletic events. It was through his teaching at CMSD that Andy was recognized by multiple ed tech companies for his implementation of technology in his classroom and his teaching practices. In his second year of teaching, Andy was accepted into the prestigious Apple Distinguished Educators class of 2017. He has also been recognized by Adobe, Microsoft, Google, and others. While in Columbus, he also engaged in a side business of photography and videography where he shot senior portraits, filmed a nationally distributed HBCU sports show, and filmed the community performance of Handel’s Messiah for the WCBI Christmas Morning Special. He also helped with the Children’s Choir at First United Methodist Church of Columbus and was the Worship Leader at Friendship Baptist Church. Andy was brought to Jacksonville by an Instructional Technology Specialist Position with The Bolles School and is also happy to be serving here at Palm Valley Baptist Church. He is also presently working on his Master of Education degree through Western Governors University. Andy’s hobbies include photography, videography, and music. Andy currently lives in the Lake Asbury community.

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