As a teenager Jeff vividly recalls the first experience he had with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. “It was magical. I’ll never forget the simple to understand, yet sometimes hard to execute, concepts Dr. Tim brought that day. It started me on a journey to understand what makes us tick.” This encounter, along with several others including a session with Fran Kick and Jeff was hooked.
In the summer of 2000, Jeff was called on to present a six-hour session at the Texas Tech Band and Orchestra camp. “I remember being so excited and saying yes, Yes, YES.” Then, Jeff remarks, “I remember thinking ‘what do I do now!?!’” By divine appointment, Jeff ran across a copy of John Maxwell’s fantastic book Developing the Leader within You in his father-in-laws study.
Maxwell’s book along with others by Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, Lou Holtz, Ken Blanchard and more set Jeff in motion creating a curriculum that drew on the wisdom of these greats as well as well-known educators such as Scott Coulson, Bob Bryant, Anthony Gibson and many more. Jeff sought to put the ideas he had gleaned from these greats as well as common-sense lessons from high school teaching into a format that resonated strongly with teens.
A little over a decade later, Jeff enjoys every opportunity to share his passion for leadership with young people from all walks of life. He is proud to host Leadership Seminars every summer at the Texas Tech Band and Orchestra camp as well as speak with individual groups as his schedule allows. To learn more about his musical pursuits and his other passion, visit www.GoBigBlueBand.com.
Jeff holds a Bachelors Degree In Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Music (Magna Cum Laude) from The University of North Texas. He resides in Rockwall, Texas, with his beautiful wife Bethany. The Joneses are blessed with three children: Caitlyn, Esther, and Seth. Mrs. Jones is the Director of Bands at Williams Middle School in Rockwall, TX, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Performance and Music Education from Texas Tech University as well as a Masters in Secondary and Higher Education from Texas A & M University-Commerce.