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
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”
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 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.
A native of Charleston, Ms. Kerr attended Brentwood Middle School, Garrett HS and graduated from Wando High School. She attended Brevard College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1992. She attended UNC Greensboro briefly before joining the Army band program. While in the Army, Mrs. Kerr attended the Armed Forces School of Music. She was posted to the 282nd Army “Victory” Band, Fort Jackson, SC. She served as post bugler and performed for all major ceremonies at the fort. Upon concluding her military service, Ms. Kerr completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1999. Ms. Kerr has been the band director at College Park Middle since 2010. Prior to her current position, Ms. Kerr taught at Pinckney Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, Westview Middle School and Oakbrook Middle School in Ladson. At Westview she took the 6th grade band to their first ever Concert Festival performance. Ms. Kerr has led the Oakbrook MS band to their highest ratings ever at the State Concert Festival, earning “Superior” ratings in both concert and sight-reading performances. Under Ms. Kerr’s direction the OMS Band earned the “Outstanding Performance Award” from the SC Band Directors Association. She was the 2009 Dorchester County teacher of the Year nominee from Oakbrook. Ms. Kerr is a two-time recipient of the Dorchester 2 “Teacher Who Made a Difference” award, being recognized by former students as being a positive influence in their lives.
In addition to her musical activities, Ms. Kerr is a martial arts instructor. She has been an instructor at the South Carolina Martial Arts Academy, where she earned her black belt in ninjutsu karate. She has been certified in women’s self-defense, and is also an instructor with the National Security Alliance’s “Kids Safe Network” program.
She has a nine-year-old son, Jonathan, who enjoys playing baseball, roller-blading and video games, and also helps his mom conduct her band.