About the Teacher

Mr. H



I am in my 27th year of teaching and in my fifth at OHS. Prior to being named the Band Director at Owen High School in 2016 I was the Band Director at Owen Middle School (where I was named their Teacher of the Year, and the Owen District Teacher of the Year in 2011). I started my career in Buncombe County at Enka Middle School where I was the Band Director for twelve years (and was named their Teacher of the Year in 2001). My teaching career began as the Band Director of Mullins High School and Palmetto Junior High School in Mullins, South Carolina. 

Since I have always lived in the Owen District after moving back from South Carolina, I am excited and proud to be a part of the long tradition of Excellence here at Owen High School. My wife Joann graduated from Owen High School in 1989 and both of my children have attended Owen High School as well. Although we are the smallest school in the County I believe that this is an amazing place to be (and a beautiful one at that). Although I didn't attend Owen myself, I got here as fast as I could!

I often tell students, however, that this isn't the first Owen I've had the opportunity to work in. I worked at Owen Manufacturing  during college in the Yarn Mill and in Cribs and (although I'm sure I didn't appreciate it at the time) am glad that I got a chance to experience working in the mill that (quite literally) helped build Swannanoa and to work for the decedents of the namesake of our school. 

I believe that Music and Music Education is vitally important for every student, and I am honored that I will get the opportunity to share the joys of Wind Band with the students at OHS! 
 
You can contact me via email at jtyson.hamrick@bcsemail.org or via phone at (828) 686-3852, ext. 115.