Directors

Heather Holmes

is in her 21st year of teaching and serves as Director of Bands at Oak Mountain Middle School in Birmingham, AL. During her time at OMMS, the bands have consistently performed at a high level and received regular superior ratings. The OMMS Band program has over 250 students every year. During the school day, Mrs. Holmes teaches two Beginner Band classes, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Advanced Band.  The Advanced Band most recently performed at the Alabama Music Educators Conference in 2017. 

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Holmes serves as Secretary for the Shelby County Band Directors Association and is a member of the OMMS School Leadership Team. She was named Oak Mountain Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2016. Mrs. Holmes is active as a guest clinician and conductor for middle school bands throughout the region. She was recently elected to the Alabama Music Educators Association Governing Board as the Recording Secretary.

In addition to teaching, she sings with the Pelham First Baptist Church Choir and helps direct the Children’s Choir. Mrs. Holmes resides in Birmingham with her husband, Jason, and their two children, Ella and William.

Mrs. Holmes received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Prior to her appointment at Oak Mountain Middle School, she served as the band director at her alma mater, Brooks High School, for five years.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. 

Mr. Chanse Nelson has been working with the bands of Oak Mountain since 2014. He began his work with the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band and then was brought on as the percussion specialist at Oak Mountain Middle School in 2016. In addition to the OMHS and OMMS, Mr. Nelson has served as the percussion specialist at Thompson Middle School, Leeds Middle School, and Helena High School. He also holds a private studio of approximately 20 students who compete at the highest levels in the state.

Mr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance and is currently in the final stages of completing his Master of Music Education Degree, both from Samford University. While studying at Samford he held the principal chairs in both the Samford University Wind Ensemble and Samford Orchestra. He also participated with the Samford University Marching Band for 2 years where he held the position of Drum Captain.

When not teaching Mr. Nelson can often be found gigging in the greater Birmingham area. He has played for artists such as the Celtic Women, The Temptations, Bo Bice, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Yolanda Adams. He also often plays percussion and bass guitar at Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

Mr. Nelson is a member of NAfME, the Percussive Arts Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda.