Meet the Directors

Mr. Charlie Nesmith

Charlie Nesmith is a music educator, percussionist, and host of The Flying Baton Podcast.

He has been an educator for 15 years in the Virginia Public School System. Currently, he is one of two band teachers at Shelburne Middle School in Staunton Virginia. During his time there he has founded the Woodwind Ensemble, an extensive free after-school lesson program, an annual Halloween Concert, and an annual Band Banquet performance where students show off their solo and ensemble skills in a banquet fundraiser setting.

Charlie has served as the Principal Percussionist with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Wilson for the last 7 years. He has also a founding member of the Valley Wind Ensemble from Harrisonburg, VA.

Prior to become a professional educator and percussionist, Charlie received his bachelors of Music from Radford University in 2006 where he was awarded the Presser Scholarship. He also marched in the 2004 Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of Lee Beddis, Steven Ballard, and Drew Schneiders.

When he’s not enjoying performing or teaching music, Charlie is an avid PC Gamer, Rollerblader, and Hiker. He has enjoyed 14 years of marriage with his wife Kate. He’s currently learning how to be a good dad to his hyperactive toddler Noah.

Currently Listening to:  Imogen Heap, Hope Tala, and Billie Elish


Mr. Jon Wilson

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

College: BA of Instrumental and Vocal Music, Bridgewater College

Hobbies: Biking, fixing cars, cooking, going to concerts.

Currently Listening To: Jacob Collier, Kendrick Lamar, the Hamilton soundtrack


Jon started teaching at Shelburne in 2017. He teaches 6th through 8th Grade Band and Choir at Shelburne, and is the Assistant Director of the Staunton Storm Marching Band at Staunton High School. Additionally, Jon directs the music for Shelburne’s annual Musical, directs Shelburne’s Jazz Band, and a 6th through 8th Grade After-School Choir.

Jon gigs regularly on trombone, and is an avid mountain biker in his free time.