A graduate of Western Carolina University, he performed with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from 2005 – 2008. He served as the drumline captain his senior year at WCU. While in college, he performed with many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Artist-n-Residency Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, The Gamelan Ensemble and Purple Thunder Entertainment Drumline. Austin marched snare drum for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps under the direction of top percussion instructors Clint Gillespie and Max Mullinix. He also marched DCA with Atlanta CV and served as drumline captain there.
Austin has taught numerous high school percussion groups in the Carolinas. He has also served on staff with Boston Crusaders, Cascades, Atlanta CV, Fusion Indoor Percussion, Catalyst Indoor Percussion and Western Carolina University.
Austin has been on staff with the James F. Byrnes High School band since 2011 and his dedication to the program has been undeniable. We are excited to have him on board for the upcoming year!