Director of Bands

Thomas Richardson

DirectorOfBandsNative to Charleston Mr.Richardson attended Berkeley high school where he was fully involved in the instrumental and choral programs. After graduation he pursued a bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. While at USC Mr. Richardson played in the top wind ensemble for 4 years as well as, chamber ensembles, choral groups, and community bands. He was also a member of the marching band “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” for 4 years and served as the Drum Major under the direction of Dr. George Brozak in 2008.

Upon graduation he accepted a teaching position at Daniel Island School as a music teacher. During this time Mr. Richardson taught clarinet lessons privately after school for three years. All students under his instruction excelled to the point of being offered a call back for an All-State audition with most being accepted into the All-State bands. Several of his students are now pursuing music degrees at universities in South Carolina.

In 2011 Mr. Richardson left teaching to obtain a masters degree in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While at SIU he studied privately with the world-renowned performer and clarinet composer Dr. Eric Mandat (
Thomas performed with the SIU Symphonic and Concert Band, Choral Union and Concert Choir, and SIU Faculty woodwind quintet. He was a member of the SIU graduate woodwind quintet and also was an instructor and performer with the SIU Clarinet Choir.

To continue his life long love of music Mr. Richardson is constantly performing and is currently a member of the Sacred Winds Ensemble, Charleston Community Band, Summerville Community Orchestra, and Low-Country Wind Ensemble. He is also on staff for the SIU summer music program as the Drum Major instructor.


Assistant Directors

John Sanborn

John Sanborn, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has been teaching color guard for the past 21 years. He has taught guards in Ohio, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina. A former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, he is an active adjudicator with the CIPA judges association in the winter and with numerous local marching band contests in the fall. He holds degrees from Ohio University, Wichita State University, and The Citadel. He is currently employed as the general music teacher as Cane Bay Elementary in Berkeley County.

Cassie Cowdrey

Cassie Cowdrey, a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has been teaching music for the past 5 years. Mrs. Cowdrey attended Taconic High School where she was fully involved in the instrumental program along with theatrical program. She led her clarinet section since she was in 6th grade up through college. After graduation she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Westfield State University. Mrs. Cowdrey was given the music education award stating that she was excelling the greatest within her graduating class.

Once she moved to South Carolina, she accepted a teaching position at North Charleston High School teaching band. Within two years, she grew that program from 4 students to 50 students in which they were receiving superiors at solo and ensemble and an excellent in concert band. Mrs. Cowdrey has been teaching clarinet lessons for four years. While working at North Charleston, she was nominated Rookie teacher of the year. Students under her instruction have made it into top bands, had all state call backs and are now attending college for music. Mrs. Cowdrey is now going on her third year at Berkeley Intermediate School teaching general music and chorus while keeping up with her clarinet lessons. She travels to schools within North Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Moncks Corner, South Carolina to help with clarinet performance. She has recently received her masters degree in Educational Administration from University of South Carolina.




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