As contest director, Mr. Stinson is responsible for the planning and execution of the The Bandmasters Championship. He is the main point of contact for participating band directors, and also controls event-day operations from the press box. Jeremy has been the director of The Bandmasters Championship since 2003. Under his leadership, the event has grown tremendously, with band participation, fan attendance and public awareness at all-time highs.

Contest Leadership 

Each year, the men and women of the University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter volunteer hundreds of hours to planning and producing The Bandmasters Championship. Our contest leadership team consists of:

Mr. Stinson is a 1997 graduate of Collierville High School. He was a trombonist in The U of M band from 1997 to 1999, and drum major from 2000-2001. While on the graduate staff with The U of M Band in 2002, Mr. Stinson assisted with the marching band and conducted the pep band at Lady Tiger basketball games. Mr. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree from The University of Memphis. Mr. Stinson is manager of Tiger Book Store.

Mr. Nelson is responsible for the External Communications for the contest in regards to media and public communications. He has been with the contest 16 years in 2021.


Mr. Nelson is a 1983 graduate of Millington High School. He was a Trumpet player in the U of M Band from 1983-1988. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from The University of Memphis in 1988. Currently,. He is in pursuit of a Masters in Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

He is employed by Love Worth Finding Ministries where he leads the Prayer Team Ministry. Also, he is employed by The Billy Graham Evangelical Association, also in Prayer Ministry. Greg serves as Bartlett Camp Chaplain with the Gideons and as a Deacon at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. Additionally with the U of M, the Journalism and Strategic Media Board of Directors.

Mr. Darr has played a leading role with The Bandmasters Championship since 1998. A past contest director, Chris led the team in 2002 that redesigned the contest and moved it permanently into the Libery Bowl. He now oversees a variety of areas including adjudication/scoring, rules and procedures, video production, and the contest website. 

Chris is a 1989 graduate of McGavock High School in Nashville.  He played tuba in the Mighty Sound of the South from 1989 through 1992. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the U of M, and is Managing Director of Planning & Business Analysis, Air Operations at FedEx Express.

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