Tracy E. Leenman received a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) degree from Syracuse University in 1977 in Choral and Instrumental Music Education. She earned a Master of Music in Music Education from Syracuse University, in 1983; and has done course work towards a Ph.D. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.
D. Vincent Clayton has retired after 34 years of teaching, the last 21 years at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina. He received both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Bob Powell served the school band programs of South Carolina for 35 years as a director. Performing ensembles under his direction or with which he was associated have performed at the State Music Conference, won state and regional championships, and received the highest marks at festivals and competitions.
Charlie Wylie is a graduate from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education. Throughout his college career, he performed as principal trombone in the CSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Low Brass Choir, Brass Quintet as a trombonist and tubist as well as being a founding member of The Low-Country Four Trombone Quartet.
A native of Michigan, Scott is a graduate of The University of Michigan, where he earned his B.A. in both Music Performance (saxophone) and English. Active as a woodwind specialist for the past 21 years, he has been acclaimed in Michigan as a teacher, clinician and lecturer.
As an active freelance trombonist, Bobby performs regularly in concert halls, churches, and other performance venues. He has performed as a member of the Palmetto Concert Band and the Palmetto Posaunen. He currently plays and conducts as a member of the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass, the Corridor Brass, the Upstate Winds Concert Band, and the Foothills Philharmonic.
Catie Moyer is passionate about making the organ and its music accessible to the average, untrained, or even skeptical listener. She performs with the harp/organ duo, Voix Celeste, which debuted in July 2017, is actively involved in the music program at Summit View Baptist, and is a substitute organist for churches across Upstate South Carolina.
Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University and continued on for her master’s degree in Piano Performance while studying under Peter Davis. While in college, she participated in handbell and piano ensembles, taught private piano lessons, worked as the choral librarian for the Fine Arts department, and performed both piano solo and ensemble recitals.
Dr. O'Shields is a four-time recipient of the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, has been recognized as the Outstanding Bandmaster in South Carolina, and as Outstanding Contributor to Bands in South Carolina. He recently served as chair of the adjudication committee and president-elect of the South Carolina Band Directors Association. He has played professionally on both clarinet and piano for over thirty years.
Charlie has extensive experience as an Educational Representative, assisting with recruiting, helping directors obtain resources in improving their programs, providing educational instruction for students, mentoring new educators, and much more.