Clayton Performance Ensembles
Clayton High School

600 South Fayetteville Street
Clayton, NC 27520

Director:   John Pearson


Mr. Pearson, a native of Clinton, North Carolina, attended high school in Pitt
County where he was active in his school music program. Graduating near the
top of his class he was awarded the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship,
which helped him pursue his dreams of becoming a band director. He received his
Bachelor of Music Education from East Carolina University with honors in 2004
graduating Magna Cum-Laude. While attending East Carolina he participated in
Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble B, and various
chamber ensembles. Prior to his arrival at Clayton High School, he served two
years as Director of Bands at Speight Middle School in Wilson County Schools.
While at Speight Mr. Pearson built the program to over 130 students and started a
band booster organization. In 2005 Mr. Pearson received a Star Teacher Award for
outstanding performance. During the time at Speight Mr. Pearson worked toward
his Masters Degree in Music Education at East Carolina University. He received
his Masters in 2006 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009. In the
Fall of 2006 Mr. Pearson took the assistant band director job and moved to Clayton.

Mr. Pearson was named Head Director at the end of the 2009 school year. Under
his direction the band at Clayton has accomplished many outstanding milestones
including making Bands of America Regional Finals 5 times with the marching
band, WGI Finals in both Percussion and Guard, and multiple Superior Ratings
in Grade V and VI at NC Music Performance Adjudication events. The growth of
the Jazz Program at Clayton has also been largely due his love of Jazz and teaching.
Mr. Pearson’s vision, determination, and organization have given Clayton constant
growth and direction to become one of the best programs in North Carolina.

Mr. Pearson is a member of Music Educators National Conference, North Carolina
Band Masters Association, South Eastern Band Director Association, and President
of the Johnston County Band Directors Association. In 2009 he served on the WGI
Board of Directors.  He was named  the 2013 All-District Clinician for the 9/10 High
School Band. He, his wife Leigh Anne, son Brayden, and daughter Kensley reside
in Clayton.