Jami' Fennell is originally from Walterboro, S.C., and he attended Western Carolina University where he studied percussion with Dr. Mario Gaetano. While attending WCU he performed in the percussion, jazz, wind and gamelan ensembles. He was also a member of the Pride of the Mountains Marching band where he served as the section leader and was Most Outstanding Performer for the 2001 season.
Jami' was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999 to 2001, and in 2001 he was named Most Outstanding Performer. Jami’ also attended Jacksonville State University where he studied with Clint Gillespie and Tracy Tyler. While attending JSU, he was a member of the Marching Southerners and the JSU PASIC line, and was the 2003 Most Outstanding Performer.
Jami' holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from JSU. He has worked with several high schools throughout the south including Kennesaw Mountain, and Lassiter. For two years, Jami' lived in Birmingham and was a member of the Doublestoppercussion team along with founders Sean Womack and Brad Palmer. From 2003 to 2010, Jami' served on the staff of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Then from 2011 to 2013, he served on the staff of The Cavaliers, winning the Fred Sanford award for High percussion in 2011.
Currently, Jami' resides in Atlanta, Ga., where he is the percussion coordinator and battery arranger for the Georgia State University Marching Band. The GSU Panther Band is in its seventh year of existence and has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade and the 57th Presidential Inaugural parade. He also serves as the assistant percussion director and battery arranger at McEachern High School.
Jami’ is excited to return to The Cavaliers for the 2017 season.