Darton State College Humanities Department | Bio - Jeffery "Jeff"
Humanities Faculty & Staff
Dr. Jeffery L. Kluball "Jeff"
Originally from Valdosta, GA, Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1980 from Valdosta State College (currently Valdosta State University), and a master’s degree in music education in 1983 from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago where he studied conducting under Victor Zajec. He continued his study in music conducting and band repertoire with Dr. William D. Revelli and received his Music Education Specialist Degree from Troy State University in 1990. Jeff completed his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Sarasota on February 6, 2001. His extensive research revolved around the influence of music study on academic achievement and brain development.
Jeff taught in public education for twenty plus years at Madison County High School, Madison FL; Tri-County High School, Buena Vista, GA; Americus High School, Americus, GA and Lee County High School, Leesburg, GA. Jeff's college teaching experience includes Applied Brass and Brass Ensemble at Andrew College, Cuthbert, GA, from 1995-2000. He has served as the Music Department Head and Conductor of Bands at Darton College, Albany, GA. He currently teaches Music Theory and various ensembles. Jeff has served in the Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) of District Two as Chairman, GMEA Board of Directors, District Two Solo and Ensemble Chairman and District Two College Division Chair.
Ensembles under Jeff's direction have received superior ratings and recognition from adjudicators around the southeast, as well as in all facets of GMEA performance. His students have performed in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association All-State Band, The Georgia Music Educators All-State Concert and Symphonic Bands, and the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Ensemble. His performing groups have toured New York, Washington D.C., Mexico, the Bahamas and many other venues. His ensemble performances include several for former President Jimmy Carter and Governor Zell Miller. Jeff also served as organizing director and charter conductor of the Georgia High School Lion's All-State Band. He is sought after as clinician and guest conductor. He has adjudicated music competitions/festivals in Georgia, Florida and the Bahamas. He has commissioned band works for publication.
Jeff has been named Star Teacher for the Tri-County School District, 1991-1992; Most Dedicated Faculty Member, Tri-County High School, 1990-1991; Star Teacher for the Tri-County School District, 1994-1995; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996, 2003, 2004 (8th edition), & 2005 (9th edition); Who’s Who in America, 2004, and he was the recipient of the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for teaching, presented by Sanford Bishop, 1995.
Dr. Kluball was the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award for Darton College, 2004. Dr. Kluball has been published in the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Innovation Abstracts and also in the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) Community College Exemplary Initiatives. His research of possible influences of the study of instrumental music and academic achievement is cited in professional literature and on the web.
Jeff's professional affiliations include American School Band Directors Association, National Association of Jazz Educators, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu.