Our Conductors

Director/Artistic Director- David Carbone

Mr. David Carbone has over 30 years of experience in music education, including a 25 year career as a band director at the high school and collegiate levels in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina.  Mr. Carbone holds a Masters Degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Miami (FL). His collegiate teaching experience includes an appointment as visiting
professor and interim Associate Director of Bands at the University
of Texas at Arlington, where he served as director of the UTA Maverick Marching Band, and conductor of the University Concert Band and Symphonic Band. In the spring of 2017, Mr. Carbone was named Associate Conductor of the OLLI Low Country Concert Band, an affiliate of the University
of South Carolina at Beaufort.


Throughout his career, ensembles under Mr. Carbone’s leadership were consistent finalists at Bands of America (BOA) Regional and Super Regional Championships, semifinalists at the BOA Grand National Championships, as well as consistent recipients of superior ratings on the concert stage and in the sight-reading room. Most recently from 2017-2019, Mr. Carbone served as Director of Bands at May River High School (Beaufort Co., SC) where he inherited a 2nd year band program of 26 students. In two years, Mr. Carbone
increased the enrollment of the band over 200% - the band finishing in the “elite 8” at the Class 3A State Marching Band Championships in 2018, and the wind ensemble receiving Superior ratings at concert performance assessment in consecutive years. Consequently, the May River HS band program was presented the South Carolina Band Directors Association “Outstanding Performance Award” in the spring of 2019, the highest recognition awarded by
the state association to a band program annually, and the first time in 50 years that a high school band from Beaufort County received this honor. In Texas from 2007-2015, his wind bands at James Martin High School (Arlington ISD) earned the coveted UIL “Sweepstakes” Award each year, the Wind Ensemble receiving an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015, and the Symphony Orchestra recognized as the state’s UIL Honor Orchestra “Runnerup” in 2014. Collectively, the performing arts programs at Martin HS were recognized nationally, receiving the GRAMMY Foundation “National Signature School” Award in 2009.  Prior to Texas, his marching ensembles at Bellbrook HS won two BOA Grand National Class Championship titles - one each in Class A and AA, respectively. Additionally, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned the Bronze Medal at the WGI Percussion World Championships in the scholastic open division in 2006. In the same year, the Bellbrook HS Wind Symphony received a Superior rating at the Ohio Music Educators Association State Concert Festival, the first in the school’s history. In Florida, Mr. Carbone taught at Plantation and East Lake high schools, earning consistent Superior ratings in marching and concert band assessments at both programs.


Although he “retired” from public education in summer of 2019, Mr. Carbone maintains an extremely active schedule as an advocate for music education locally, as an adjudicator for Music For All, Bands of America, and Drum Corps International, and as a band consultant and guest conductor nationwide.


Mr. Carbone resides in the Hilton Head Island area of South Carolina with his beautiful wife Carrie, son Beckett, daughter Jordan his dogs Grainger, and Daisy.

Assistant Conductor- David Hershey
 

Dave Hershey is a former U.S. Army musician who retired after 24 years of service as a Trumpeter and Music Production Specialist.  During this time he served as Soloist on national and international tours, as well as Principal Player, Section Leader, Group Leader, and Music Support Division Chief.  Dave’s assignments were in Kaiserslautern, Germany; Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, GA; and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, where he served as Chief Recording Engineer and Producer for the acclaimed West Point Bicentennial Commissioning Project.  Dave graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has had numerous musical experiences and projects with many of America’s well-known band leaders.  A member of our Community Band for several years, Dave is also Music Director of the Lowcountry Jazz Band and performs with the Evolution Big Band.