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Mr. Ailey graduated from Brainerd High School in Chattanooga in 1980 and has a  Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN and has completed course work at the University of TN at Chattanooga.


Mr. Ailey begins his 14th year as chorus director at Hixson Middle School for the 2013-2014 school year.  Not only does Mr. Ailey direct the chorus here at Hixson Middle, he is also the Related Arts Team Leader and directs our WHMS News Morning Announcement program.

Prior to coming to Hixson Middle, Mr. Ailey served as Chorus Director at the following schools:

1999-2000: Chattanooga Middle School

1990-1999: Tyner Middle School (Mr. Ailey also taught Video Production and Careers at Tyner Middle)

1988-1990: North Whitfield Middle School, Dalton, GA

In addition to his work at Hixson Middle School, Mr. Ailey is also Tenor Section Leader and substitute pianist and choir rehearsal director at Brainerd United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.

Mr. Ailey has worked as tenor soloist with the following local Chattanooga choral organizations: The Chattanooga Bach Choir, Chattanooga Choral Arts and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera chorus.


David Brian Ailey is a Chattanooga native.  Born in 1962, he grew up and currently lives in Chattanooga.  His passion for music was discovered when he was a student at Brainerd Junior High School.  That passion was developed at Brainerd High School, where he graduated with Honors in 1980.  East Ridge Baptist Church also played a huge role in Mr. Ailey's musical development when he was growing up.  He frequently led the music portion of the services.

An amateur composer, Mr. Ailey most recently composed incidental music for the play, "The House of Poe", written by Charles Duesler in 2011.  He has also written several songs and choral settings, as well as piano music. 

In his spare time, (what is spare time?), he likes to ride his bicycle, go to the gym, and relax while watching TV. He frequently travels the USA in the Summertime.  Most recently he enjoyed a 4400 mile round trip through the midwest where, for the first time in his life, he saw Devil's Tower in Wyoming, as well as Mount Rushmore and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis!