Education Specialist, Shane Vickery


Shane's musical studies began when he started playing trumpet in the Lakeside Jr. High (later Lakeside Middle School) Band directed by Mr. Bud Putman in 1979. During his high school years he performed in the Westside High School Band directed by Bud Putman and Orchestra directed by Judy Weston and earned chairs in the South Carolina All State Band, All State Jazz Band, All State Orchestra, All State Baptist Band, and Western Region Band. During the summer of 1985 he performed throughout Europe as a member of the Spirit of America Marching Band directed by Mr. George Naff. 

After graduating from Westside High School in 1985 Shane earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Newberry College in 1990 (He earned a chair in the 1986 South Carolina All College Jazz Ensemble) and a Master’s Degree in Science in Arts and Letters through the American Band College then located at Southern Oregon University in 2003. 

Shane served as the Director of Bands at Whitmire High School from February 1990 until June 1994. From July 1994 through June 1996 Shane served as the Director of Bands at Lakeside Middle School before being named Director of Bands at Westside High School where he served from July 1996 until June 2017. Under Mr. Vickery’s direction the Westside Ram Band & 806 Jazz Band have earned consistent Superior & Excellent ratings. Several of Mr. Vickery’s Whitmire High School and Westside High School students have earned college music scholarships and have entered successful careers in music and music education. 

Shane received the following recognition for teaching: 

  • Citation for Excellent Band Program at Whitmire High School 1993 
  • Teacher Of The Year at Whitmire High School 1994 
  • National Board Certification 2008 
  • WYFF Channel 4 Golden Apple Award 2011 
  • South Carolina Music Educators Association Deborah Smith Hoffman Award 2011 

Shane performs on trumpet regularly with the New Prospect Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Orchestras and the Electric City Big Band in Anderson and with the Easley Concert Band. 

Shane enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and daughters Holly and Anslie. The Vickery family enjoys outdoor activities during their free time together including hiking and swimming.