Directors
Edna Grace
Lee Ann Moore
Ron Ward 
Cynthia Kerr

Edna Grace
Director of Bands
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Edna Y. Grace, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was educated in the Charleston County School system. Ms Grace received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from South Carolina State College, a Master of Arts in Music from the Ohio State University, and a Masters of Education in Secondary Administration from the Citadel.

Ms Grace was employed by the Charleston County School District first as a choral music teacher and then as a band director from 1981 to 1991. The 1991 school year marked the start of her tenure in Berkeley County at College Park Middle School where she is currently employed. During the 1997 / 1998 school year, Ms. Grace was selected as College Park's Teacher of the Year. This nomination led to her selection as one of the top three Teacher of the Year finalists for the school district. Under her direction, the College Park bands have received the highest ratings at State Concert Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festival, while individual students have been selected by audition to All-County, Region, and All-State Bands. Ms. Grace is a member of the adjunct faculty for Charleston Southern University where she teaches oboe.

Ms. Grace has served as an honor band clinician and adjudicator in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Her professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Women Band Directors International, American School Band Directors Association, and the South Carolina Band Directors Association, with which she has served as a member of the Concert Festival committee and site chairman for concert festival, and as a site host for Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Ms. Grace has served as an honor band clinician and adjudicator in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Her professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Women Band Directors International, American School Band Directors Association, and the South Carolina Band Directors Association with which she has served as a member of the Concert Festival committee and site chairman for concert festival, and as a site host for Solo and Ensemble Festival.   She is a member of the adjunct faculty for Charleston Southern University where she teaches the oboe studio.   Ms. Grace has kept musically active as a member of the Charleston Community Band, the Charleston Wind Ensemble, and at times performing with the Summerville Community Orchestra. She is also a founding member of The Lowcountry Winds, a newly formed wind ensemble in North Charleston, where she serves the group as oboist and president.

 

Lee Ann Moore
Assistant Director of Bands
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Ms. Moore is a graduate of Limestone College were she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year award at Limestone College in 1987, and selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Top College Students. Ms. Moore has studied private trumpet with Dr. Robert Welch, Mr. Ron Fuller, Dr. Martin Von Berenbaum, and Mr. Roger Voisin of Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has performed professionally with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Brass Wind Quintet, and has made two tours of Europe.

Before moving to Charleston, Ms. Moore was the Assistant Coordinator of Bands for Districts Seven and Three in Spartanburg County in Upstate South Carolina. As Assistant Coordinator of Bands for Spartanburg District Seven her duties encompassed coordinating the band and guard line programs for nine elementary schools, three middle schools and a 5 A high school. She also served as the interim Director of Bands for Wofford College, Director of Winds for the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, and served as Guard Coordinator for Spartanburg High School, Broome High School, and Dorman High School. Ms. Moore’s guard lines have ranked in both local and world circuits.

In 2001 Ms. Moore moved to Charleston, South Carolina to become the Assistant Director of Bands at Goose Creek High School. While at Goose Creek, she served as the Brass Instructor and the Coordinator of Guard. In 2002, she became the Director of Bands at Berkeley Middle School in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. During her time at Goose Creek and Berkeley her programs received highest honors in both band and guard in state events. Her private students have consistently been selected to the South Carolina All-State, Region, and All-County Bands in both the Upstate and Low Country.

Ms. Moore has served as a clinician and adjudicator in South Carolina, North Carolina, and New York in both band and guard line.

Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Moore has been selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Top Teachers seven times, and Outstanding Top Twenty Teacher, a Legendary Teacher, an Influential Teacher, and Outstanding Teacher in the Influence of African American Young Men, by the Spartanburg Board of Directors.

Her professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Winter Guard International, Carolina Winter Ensemble Association, and the SCBDA Winter Guard Committee.

She is currently the Assistant Director of Band/Guard at Stratford High School, in Goose Creek, South Carolina where she hopes to stay for many years.


 

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.

 

Cynthia Kerr
Assistant Director

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.

 

 
 

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