Tom Padgett will be serving as Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School. He has been the Director of Bands at White Knoll High School since August of 2016. Under his tenure the marching, concert, and indoor programs have received state and regional recognition and have received numerous superior ratings.
White Knoll has been the silver medalist in division 4A at the SCBDA Marching Band Championships the past two consecutive years.
Previous to serving at White Knoll, Mr. Padgett was the Assistant Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School from 2013-2016. He was instrumental in developing the marching, movement and visual aspects of the program. Mr. Padgett has also served as the Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN prior to his time at Dobyns-Bennett High School from 2010 – 2013.
Mr. Padgett holds his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise – c/o 2009 and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University – c/o 2015. Tom’s principal instrument is trumpet and he has studied with Dr. Donald Sorah (UVA-Wise), Dr. David Champouillon (ETSU), and Dr. William L. Jones (Appalachian State University). Mr. Padgett actively performs with the Palmetto Concert Band based in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to becoming a band director, Mr. Padgett was on the colorguard staff for the 2009 Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo Ohio and the 2010 Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois.
Mr. Padgett is an active member in the SCBDA serving on the Executive Board as the Winter Ensemble Chair. Mr. Padgett is also on the advisory board for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA). Tom’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, a Conn-Selmer VIP, and the National Band Association. We are thrilled that he will be a part of the James F. Byrnes Team!