WHO WE ARE: The JPS Alumni & Friends Association is a group of all alumni (Parkside HS, Jackson High & TA Wilson grads) and friends (families, staff, community members etc.) of Jackson Public Schools who want to be more connected with the school and community. The mission of the Association is to impact the following four groups in a meaningful way: Connect alumni with their fellow alumni, the schools and the faculty and students; Provide the students with a perspective of what's possible for them with their JPS education; Give the faculty a sense of pride of the impact their life work has made on the lives of their former students; and help the community take pride in the impact the Jackson Public Schools system has made. The Association will strive to keep alumni informed of current events, venues to get connected with fellow alum and volunteer opportunities to give back to the schools in a meaningful way.WE WANT YOU! Join and be a part of the future of JPS!
It’s been 13 years since Malcolm Landenberger graduated from Jackson High School. Since then, he’s marched to the beat of his own drum.
Since graduating in 2006, he’s gone on to work for companies like MACI and Manpower, as well as a call center where he was a customer service representative, and Great Lakes Caring where he was a Home Medical Equipment Technician. One of his greatest accomplishments, however, was making the Detroit Pistons Drumline in 2009.
Known for playing the drums in middle school and high school, Landenberger credits his experiences drumming with giving him the opportunity to drum alongside some of the most successful artists.
“The experiences I made while drumming in middle school and high school helped me to get to where I am today,” Landenberger said. “I've been able to drum with T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Sheila E. and many more well known artists.”His professional drumming experiences have also allowed him to give back to his community.“Drumming for the Pistons gave me the opportunity to go back to the Middle School at Parkside and assist Mr. Brattain and Mr. Krieger (my favorite band teachers ever) with teaching the drumline,” Landenberger said. “In 2017, I was an assistant to Greg Sauceda for the very first Jackson College Drumline.”While his drumming career has given him once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, he said nothing brings him greater joy than his family.
“My greatest life achievement would have to be marrying my wife Kristine (his high school sweetheart) and having my kids Carter and Madison,” Landenberger said. “They give me my drive and are the reason I work hard everyday.”
With his drumming career for the Pistons behind him, he has a busy year ahead and a lot to look forward to.
“Over the years I've started a couple of my own businesses and had a lot of success,” Landenberger said. “I now reside in Nashville, Tenn. where I drum for the Tennessee Titans Drumline and work as a real estate agent.”
Although he’s been out of school for more than a decade and lives a few hundred miles away from where he grew up, he’ll never forget the people who believed in him and helped him become the person he is today.
“The teachers and staff at JPS gave me the correct tools to succeed in life,” Landenberger said. “I love the relationships that I still have with the teachers and coaches that impacted my life as a kid. Michael Pelham, Mr. Brattain and Mr. Krieger inspired me the most to pursue my career in music. I was only able to have these teachers for two years, but those years had the greatest impact on me. I do want to thank all of the teachers and coaches that I had while I attended Jackson Public Schools for instilling some great core values and pouring time, love and energy into me.”
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