THOMAS COTTER hails from the state of South Carolina. He is a trumpet performer, music arranger, band director, husband, and father. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2008, Thomas began his teaching career as the director of bands at Beech Springs Intermediate School. Under his direction, the band has grown from 100 members in 2008 to 230 members in 2015. The band has earned a Superior “With Distinction” rating for the past five years in a row.
As a trumpet player, Cotter was a member of the South Carolina All-State Band from 1996-2002, placing in the top three every year. He was also a member of the All-State Orchestra and the National Honor Band of America for multiple years. In the summer, Cotter continued his education at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee. Cotter was a member of the Irmo High School band under the direction of Bruce Dinkins. Cotter then graduated from Gaffney High School after getting a chance to be a member of his father’s band program. While attending the University of South Carolina, Cotter consistently earned the top chair in the concert program and was the drum major for the Carolina “Mighty Sound of the Southeast.” He was also a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004-2006 as a mellophone and trumpet player. While a member of The Cadets, Cotter had the privilege of performing the mellophone solo for their 2005 World Championship show, The Zone.
Thomas lives in Greer with his wife, Kaci, and their two children, Henry and Clara. He also has a cat named Abby. When he’s not teaching, Cotter enjoys swinging a golf club and practicing his trumpet.