Our Staff & Team
Serving the Students & Community of James F. Byrnes High School Band. Meet our team!
Tom Padgett is the current Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Previously he was the Director of Bands at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Under Mr. Padgett’s tenure the marching, concert, and indoor programs at White Knoll received state and regional recognition and received numerous superior ratings on the field, the stage, and the court. Prior to being the Director of Bands at White Knoll Mr. Padgett served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee from 2013-2016. Mr. Padgett has also served as the Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN prior to his time at Dobyns-Bennett 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. 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 was also the co-director of WGI Finalist Southeast Independent Winterguard from the Tri-Cities Tennessee area. Mr. Padgett has performed with The Cast Winterguard 2005-2007 and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 2005.
Mr. Padgett is an active consultant with many band and colorguard programs in the southeast. He is also an active member in the SCBDA serving on the Executive Board as the Winter Ensemble Chair. Mr. Padgett is also on the executive board for the Carolina Winter Ensembtrale 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.