We at Davidson are very excited about the Band and the Fine Arts Department at DHS. Davidson continues to be on the cutting edge of education in Mobile County, Alabama with our EPIC (Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum) program, the IB (International Baccalaureate) program, new state of the art auditorium, outstanding Band, Visual Arts programs, and new Theatre and Dance teachers.
Davidson High School Band has been one of the preeminent bands in the south for many years. Davidson competes in two or three regional marching competitions each year. And DHS has shown a consistent level of excellence in these competitions under the direction of Tony Pike and Tim Beattie.
Davidson has featured many students that have won competitions and ranked as some of Alabama's best. Each year we have students participate in All-State Bands, Mobile County Honor Bands, and many university Honor Bands including Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, and Troy State University.
Due to its reputation, Davidson Band Students are actively recruited by various colleges for scholarship opportunities. Students have received full or partial scholarships to numerous Division I and Division II schools. In the past several years students have received scholarships to LSU, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Troy State, South Alabama, University of Mobile, Southern Mississippi, Alabama A & M, and Jackson State University.
Mr. Tim Beattie, Director of Bands/ Jazz Educator/Percussionist/Instructor
Tim Beattie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He is a participating member of the MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the International Association for Jazz Education. As a professional percussionist, Tim has devoted his talent and experience as performer, instructor, and band leader.
Tim began playing music his junior year of high school. He quickly progressed in his percussion studies, and earned music scholarships at two universities. He accepted a scholarship at the University of South Alabama with a major in music education. He participated in the U.S.A. Symphony Band, Jazz Band, and the Percussion Ensemble. During his time at U.S.A. he received the Theodore Presser Scholarship which is given annually to the outstanding music major. Mr. Beattie finished magna cum laude in the Fall of 2003.
Mr. Beattie also enjoys a very active professional music career. He has played percussion with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra since the Fall of 2002. Mr. Beattie also has played percussion with the Northwest Florida Symphony, which is based in Niceville, FL, since 2003. In addition to these professional engagements Mr. Beattie keeps a steady studio of percussion students.