Associate Director of Bands

Tom Padgett is the current Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina.  He has been at James F. Byrnes High School since 2020.  Prior to his time at Byrnes, Mr. Padgett was the Director of Bands at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina.  During 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 indoors. 


Before his tenureship as 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, and has also served as the Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN from 2010 – 2013. 


Mr. Padgett currently lives in Duncan, SC with his dog Chloe.  He is an active member in the SCBDA serving on the Executive Board as the Winter Ensemble Chair, as well as also serving on the executive 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.