Jerrold Longwell was born on August 12, 1933, in Belleville, Kansas, to Alden and Frances Longwell. His band training started in Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Missouri. He was adept with the trumpet, and this helped him to decide on music education when he entered Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri. Jerry became the band director at L. D. Bell High School in the Hurst- Euless-Bedford school system in 1961. In addition to consistent Sweepstakes awards, the band also won the Outstanding Concert Band at the old Six Flags Over Texas contest and at other invitational festivals. The L. D. Bell Band was selected in the top five of the Honor Band selection process three times. In 1969, Jerry began a new phase of his career, that as Director of Fine Arts with the H.E.B. school system, which was growing rapidly. He guided that growth into one of the premier school systems for fine arts, encompassing music, theater and art. During this time, he was elected as President of the Texas Music Educators Association in 1975-76 and served on the Executive Committee of TMEA for three years. 1975-1976