AJ Pace

Associate Director of Bands
Director of Percussion

A.J. Pace is a native of Charleston, SC. He is in his 15th year of teaching and first as an Associate Director of Bands at James F Byrnes. A.J. is a 2004 Graduate of James Island High School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a Bachelors in Music Education with a percussion performance certificate. He received his Masters in Music Education from Winthrop University in 2015. He was previously at TL Hanna High School where they earned the 2023 AAAA State Championship. ​He is an avid clinician, designer, and adjudicator for the marching arts around the country. His compositions and visual designs can be seen/heard in Drum Corps, Bands of America schools, Winter Guard International groups, and collegiate groups around the country. ​


He marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and Palmetto Percussion. He also performed with the University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, the Winthrop University Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble, and the Charleston Stage Band. ​


He has held positions with Audio Theater, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, and Atlanta Quest.


​A.J. proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets!