Our Conductors

Director/Conductor- David Carbone

Mr. David Carbone has over 30 years of experience in music education and the marching arts as a performer, conductor, educator, arranger, and adjudicator, including a 25 year career as a band director and music educator at the high school and collegiate levels in Florida, Ohio,and Texas. At the start of his career in Florida, Mr. Carbone’s marching ensembles earned Division I “Superior” ratings every year (8 consecutive) at FBA District contest, while his concert ensembles earned straight superior ratings on stage 6 years consecutively. While in Ohio and Texas, his marching ensembles advanced to Bands of America (BOA) Regional and Super Regional Championship Finals competitions fourteen times, the Grand National Semi-Finals in five consecutive seasons, and have won two BOA Grand National Class Championships - one each in Class A and AA. The Bellbrook High School indoor percussion ensemble, in which Mr. Carbone directed and arranged for, earned the WGI Bronze Medal in the Scholastic Open division at the Winterguard International world percussion championships. As a band director at a 6 A high school in Texas, Mr. Carbone’s concert ensembles earned the coveted UIL “Sweepstakes”Award each and every year (8 consecutive), while earning an invitation to perform at Carneige Hall in 2016.Mr. Carbone holds a Masters Degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelors Degree in MusicEducation from the University of Miami (FL). His collegiate experience includes graduate teaching assistantships at the University of South Florida as well as 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 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Mr. Carbone maintains an extremely active schedule as an adjudicator for Music For All, Bands of America, Winterguard International, and Drum Corps International as well as several local and regional circuits nation-wide. He also is in demand as a band clinician, program coordinator, 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 and three furry children - his dogs Bela, 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.