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Educational Representatives

Wherever you or your child is in school, one of these folks will look after you! 


Tommie Arendale

Tennessee Educational Representative

Joined Amro in 1992.

Tommie is responsible for sales and service to TN schools. He received a degree in Music Education from Delta State University and directed the band at Hernando High School for five years.  Tommie has spent 33 years as a school music representative. Personal Interests:  motorcycles, boating, and fishing.


C.J. Averwater

Jackson, Tennessee Educational Representative

 Joined Amro in 1993.

CJ has worked in many different areas of the company including website development and marketing. CJ played trumpet in the CBHS band and today plays guitar with his own band.  He graduated from Hendrix College in Arkansas and received his MBA from Ole Miss. Personal Interests:  music, computers, and mountain biking.



Danny Blurton

East Tennessee/East Mississippi Educational Representative

Joined Amro in 1999.

Danny is responsible for sales and service to eastern TN and eastern MS schools. He has a music education degree and worked as a band rep for Wright Music in Jackson, MS, for ten years.  He is an accomplished trumpet player who has played with most of the area’s symphonies and shows. Personal Interests:  music, fishing and traveling.


Phil Burns

West Memphis Educational Representative

Joined Amro in 1993.

Phil is responsible for sales and service to AR schools. He received a music education degree from ASU, where he played French horn.  He directed bands at Morrilton Public Schools for 11 years and was supervisor of music and director of bands at West Memphis Public Schools for 14 years. Personal Interests:  music and traveling.


LaDonna Gibson

Arkansas Band Instruments Educational Representative.

Joined Amro in 1998.

LaDonna is responsible for sales and service to Western AR schools. LaDonna received a degree in Music Education from ASU, and played clarinet in the ASU bands.  She directed band at Brinkley Middle School for one year and Bald Knob High School for sixteen years. Personal Interests:  music and traveling



Keith Sanders

Mississippi Band Educational Representative

Joined Amro in 1994.

Keith is responsible for sales and service to Mississippi schools. He played trumpet in the Carthage High School band and received a music education degree from Ole Miss. He directed bands at Hattiesburg Public Schools for two years and at Southaven for eight years. Personal Interests:  traveling, music and spending time with family


Janice Wood

Shelby County Educational Representative.

Joined Amro in 2002.

Janice assists Memphis and Shelby County bands with instruments and tools to make their programs a success and help children to discover music. Janice has a BA in Communications from the University of Memphis and played the trumpet in Jr. High and High School. Personal Interests:  travel, writing, and old architectural structures.



Reece King

Kentucky Educational Representative

Joined Amro in 2006.

Reece received his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Murray State University and he received his Master of Music from the University of Minnesota.  He then taught middle and high school band for 7 years in Kentucky.Reece is the principal trombonist for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He is married and has two wonderful children. 


Eric Simmons

Mississippi and Alabama Educational Representative.

Joined Amro in 2012

Eric is responsible for sales and service to Eastern Mississippi and Alabama schools. He attended Ole Miss where he played trombone and received a Bachelor of Music Education. He then taught band for three years at North Pontotoc High School prior to joining the Amro team. Personal Interests:  music, golf, and spending time with his wife and family