Dobyns-Bennett High School Names Assistant Band Director

Published July 26, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Turner Hawkins as the assistant band director for the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, effective immediately.

Hawkins is a native of Lexington, KY where he attended Lafayette High School and comes from a family of musicians; a third generation teacher, his parents have spent a combined 60 years serving young musicians in Virginia, Texas and Kentucky. In addition to a background in bassoon playing, Hawkins enjoyed a four-year marching career in Drum Corps International, including two years with the Madison Scouts and two years with the Concord Blue Devils, which included winning the 2015 World Championship.

“Turner Hawkins came highly recommended from very respected music professionals from as far away as Texas and California,” said Dobyns-Bennett High School Band Director Lafe Cook. “Seldom does a music educator of his youth have so many advocates. His experience as a performer in the top drum and bugle corps in America and the Concord California Blue Devils, helps us to continue to raise the bar on what we expect of ourselves as teachers, as well as  what we expect from the hard working and dedicated students in the Dobyns-Bennett Band. We are excited to have him on our team!”

"I am very excited to join the Dobyns-Bennett team and work with one of the country’s premier band programs,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in music education and applied bassoon, from Transylvania University.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple / Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).