Mr. Jorge Benitez



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jorge Benitez

                Mr. Jorge A. Benitez has been the Director of Bands at Havelock High School, in Havelock NC, since 1994.  He currently directs approximately 200 students per year, in many different ensembles including Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Indoor guard and Indoor percussion.  Mr. Benitez is a graduate from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Music in 1994 (magna cum laude) and a Master of Music Education 1999.  In 2003, Mr. Benitez received his National Board Certification.


                Mr. Benitez has served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for ten years.  His experiences in the military led him to the deserts of Saudi Arabia during operation Desert Shield/Storm.  After 7 years as a military policeman with 213th Military Police Company, he then completed his career with 440th Army National Guard Band.


He participates in the Eastern District Concert Festivals and East Region Jazz Festivals every year, with multiple bands per year and has consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings.  Mr. Benitez is an active clinician and adjudicator for marching, concert and jazz band festivals throughout North Carolina.  He has been invited to be a guest clinician for numerous All County bands.  He also spends one week during the summer assisting to provide a safe and fun summer camp at East Carolina University.


Mr. Benitez is a dedicated and committed teacher with a strong desire to teach music to young students.  “Music has the ability to transform life’s emotions. The notes on the page are just the beginning.  Music is so much more.  Teaching music makes life very fulfilling, it’s a great way to live your life.”


Mr. Benitez has a wonderful wife, Lyn Benitez, who works with the instrumental program providing any type of visual design needed; Marching Band show design, Colorguard and Indoor guard.  They also have 3 beautiful children; Analise, Mariela and Braedon.



  • 2016 Trailblazer of Excellence
  • 2015 Bojangles Teacher of the month
  • 2013 WITN Teacher of the week
  • 2010 Craven County Board of Education Spotlight
  • 2009 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year (Local Area)
  • 2009 Eastern District Bandmasters Association Award of Excellence
  • 2009 Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary “Teacher of the Year”
  • 2008 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year (Local Area)
  • 2007 “I Love Havelock Award” presented by the Havelock Chamber
  • 2000 “Excellence in Teaching” award
  • Educator of Distinction by in The National Society of High School Scholars
  • Time Warner cable’s “Star teacher”

Professional organizations and positions:

  • American School Band Directors Association
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • North Carolina Bandmasters Association – Eastern District
    • High School Contest Chairperson 2003 - current
    • President –Elect 2005-2007
    • President 2007- 2009
    • Past President 2009-2011


Guest conducted:

  • 2001 Wayne County Public Schools Band Festival
  • 2003 North Carolina Eastern District 9-10 Concert Band
  • 2005 Onslow All County High School Honors Band
  • 2006 Beaufort All-County High School Honors Band
  • 2007 Edgecombe All-County High School Band
  • 2008 Pitt All-County High School Band
  • 2009 Central Jazz Region “B” Band
  • 2009 Albemarle Band Clinic
  • 2009 Columbus All-County High School Band
  • 2009 Nash All County HS Band
  • 2010 New Hanover High School All County Band Festival
  • 2011 East Region “B” Band Jazz Clinic
  • 2012 Middle School All-City Bands 7th Grade Band Chesapeake Va.
  • 2013 Edgecombe All-County High School Band



  • 2005 Farmville Band Classic Marching Band Adjudicator
  • 2005 NC Southeastern District HS Concert Band Festival Adjudicator
  • 2007 White Oak Band Classic Marching Band Adjudicator
  • 2008 Central District Jazz Festival Adjudicator
  • 2009 White Oak Band Classic Marching Band Adjudicator
  • 2010 NC Southeastern District MS Concert Band Festival
  • 2011 Monarch Invitational Marching Band Adjudicator
  • 2012 Princess Anne Band Classic Adjudicator
  • 2012 White Oak Band Classic Marching Band Adjudicator
  • 2013 District IV VBODA Concert Band Performance Assessment Adjudicator