Heath Nails currently serves as the Director of Bands and Department Chair for Fine Arts at Fayette County High School in Fayette, Alabama. Mr. Nails is in his 14th year of teaching and his second at Fayette County High School. His primary duties include directing the Pride of the Tigers marching band and FCHS Symphonic Band as well as supervising all operations of the Fayette Band Programs.
Prior to his appointment at Fayette County High School, Mr. Nails served as the Coordinator of Band Operations and Conductor of the Alabama Concert Band and University Band, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. His primary duties included all logistic organization and operational units of the University Band program, managing all financial obligations for the Million Dollar Band, University Bands Large Ensembles, Honor Band Festivals and Summer Music Camps, supervising all Million Dollar Band auditions, managing band personnel and serving as the conductor/instructor for both the Concert and University Bands. Mr. Nails also coordinated all concert promotion and management for the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and University Band as well as coordinating travel arrangements for the University Band Department. Some of his major travel operations for the Million Dollar Band included the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 SEC Championship Games in Atlanta, GA, the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Florida, the 2012 International Tour of Italy with the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Million Dollar Band, the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Games; Sugar Bowl Game in New Orleans, Louisiana (14), AT&T Cotton Bowl Game in Dallas, Texas (15), Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game in Atlanta, Georgia (16), Sugar Bowl Game in New Orleans, Louisiana (17), and Orange Bowl Game in Miami, Florida (18) and the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Games in Phoenix, Arizona (16), Tampa, Florida (17), Atlanta, Georgia (18), and Santa Clara, California (19). Mr. Nails was closely involved in working with both the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Alabama Athletic Department in all issues relative to the operations of the band program. Other responsibilities included serving as the University of Alabama Bands liaison at state and national music conferences.
Mr. Nails received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Masters of Arts in Music Education degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to his appointment at the University of Alabama, Mr. Nails served as band director at Rock Quarry Middle School and Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Fairhope Middle School in Fairhope, Alabama. Additionally, he currently serves as General Manager/Director of Personnel on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community band based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Mr. Nails holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association, the Alabama Bandmasters Association and is an Honorary Member of the Nu Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi while also serving as Chapter Sponsor during his tenure at The University of Alabama.