Born in Anniston, AL, Dr. Jeremy Stovall earned both his B.A. and M.A. at Jacksonville State University before getting his D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at the University of Alabama. He has been teaching at JSU for the past fifteen years. In addition to his work at JSU, Stovall usually writes band drills for 15-20 high schools across the southeastern United States. In his spare time, he likes to travel, cook, and spend time with his wife, Noelle, and daughter, Audrey.
Stovall is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Bands in the Music Department. He was recently named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by JSU’s Alumni Association during the Fall 2020 homecoming game.
About winning the award, Stovall said, “I was honestly shocked because it was so unexpected. I had no idea that I was even nominated. I had a great experience as a student at JSU, and have spent the entirety of my career here, so to be honored by a place that has had such an impact on my life means the world to me.” His affinity for JSU can be understood as he elaborated on the best part of being a JSU alumnus, citing the sense of community. “JSU has given me lifelong friends, great colleagues, and my incredible wife, and it shaped my life in ways that no other university could have,” he said.
Stovall currently teaches the Marching Southerners, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Introduction to Conducting, and Secondary Applied Conducting. He will soon be participating in the Faculty Lecture series with a presentation on African American composer, conductor, and bandleader James Reese Europe. Stovall says that his favorite part of his job is working with students in a variety of ensembles. When speaking about the joys of working in the Music Department, Dr. Stovall explained that it is so great because of the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and students to create music, adding, “Everyone contributes their own expertise for the benefit of a shared goal.”
As Assistant Director of Bands, Stovall directs HardCorps, JSU’s Pep Band. After three months of rehearsals, HardCorps performs at home basketball games from December to March, typically appearing about 25 times during the year. Stovall commends the students who make up Hard Corps, explaining that “Their talent and personalities add so much to the gameday experience at JSU. They not only perform at a high level, but their energy also makes the Coliseum even more of a home court advantage for our teams.”
“Learn from everything” is the one piece of advice Stovall would give to his students. “Every moment is an opportunity to learn from everyone around you, no matter their title. Pay attention when something goes well…. pay extra attention when something does not. You can learn what to do or learn what NOT to do.”