Directors



Todd B. Smith
Director of Bands


A native of Charleston, SC,
Todd B. Smith is theDirector of Bands at StratfordHigh School. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a graduate assistant with the world-renowned Marching Illini, conductor with the concert bands, and an active ensemble performer. Mr. Smith also devoted much time to music education research specializing in music technology and completing a thesis titled “Music Medicine: A Review of the Literature for Instrumental Music.”

Prior to his graduate studies Mr. Smith graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. While at USC he was an avid performer in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Left Bank Big Band, Trumpet Choir, as well as a section leader in the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Marching Band.

As an educator and clinician Mr. Smith has taught both band and orchestra in grades 5-12. Before his appointment at SHS Mr. Smith was the Director of Bands at Cane Bay Middle School expanding the program to include multiple concert bands and ensembles, an increase in honor band acceptance, as well as earning the school’s first Superior rating at the state concert festival. Prior to this Mr. Smith taught at Hilton Head Island High School creating the most comprehensive program in Beaufort County history consisting of 2 Concert Bands, a Jazz Band and Combo, a Percussion Ensemble, a Symphony Orchestra, and starting a competitive Marching Band. All ensembles performed extensively throughout the year and were awarded multiple Superior ratings as well as other various awards.

Maintaining an active schedule as a musician Mr. Smith has performed with The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, The Southcoast Symphony, The Manchester Symphony, and served as lead trumpet for over 250 shows at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He has studied trumpet with John Spitler, Brian Osborn, David Gordon, Keith Amstutz, James Ackley, and legendary Canadian Brass trumpeter Ronald Romm. Mr. Smith also maintains a private trumpet studio with student successes ranging from all-state ensembles to membership in Drum Corps International.         

His professional affiliations include MENC, SCBDA, The International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Smith resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife Kindall N. Smith, classical saxophonist and Director of Bands at Dubose Middle School, and their Olde English Bulldog Daphne.

 






 

Ronnie Ward
Assistant Director
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Ronnie C. Ward, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, was educated in the Wake County School system.  Mr. Ward received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Winthrop University and a Masters of Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.

Mr. Ward was first employed by the Berkeley County School District as the music teacher at Howe Hall Elementary from 1993-1995. During the 1997 school year, Mr. Ward served as the Director of Bands at the Princeton Schools in Princeton, North Carolina. 

From 1998 – 2000, Mr. Ward served as the Director of Bands at Palmetto Middle School and the assistant director at Palmetto High School in the Upstate.  The 2000 school year marked the start of his return to Berkeley County at College Park Middle School.  He served as the assistant director until 2003.  He is currently the Director of Bands at Westview Middle School.

Mr. Ward’s students have received the highest ratings at State Concert Festival, State Marching Festival, State Jazz Festival, and Solo and Ensemble Festival, while individual students have been selected by audition to All-County, All-Region, and All-State Bands.

Mr. Ward has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and performer throughout the  Carolinas. His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, the National Association of Jazz Educators, and the South Carolina Band Directors Association with which he has served as a member of the Jazz committee. His wife is a math teacher at Stratford High School. Mr. and Mrs. Ward and their two children reside in Goose Creek.

 


 
 

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