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 14 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. For the last three years the Shelburne Middle School Band has participated in the Kings Dominion Festival of Music and the VBODA Band Assessment where they have earned superior ratings. For the last three years the band has received the Grand Champion Award at the Kings Dominion Festival of Music.

Charlie has served as the Principal Percussionist with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Wilson for the last 6 years. He has also a founding member of the Valley Wind Ensemble from Harrisonburg, VA.

In 2009 Charlie started, an educational youtube channel that was one of the first sources for mallet instruction on the internet.

In 2020 Charlie started The Flying Baton Podcast, which is a show dedicated to teaching middle school band.

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 13 years of marriage with his wife Kate and son Noah, who was born in April of 2020.

Favorite Superhero:  Wolverine, hands down!

Currently Listening to:  Imogen Heap, Ibeyi, Andrew Huang


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.