Letter from Chuck Deen

Hello SCBDA members,

I hope this message finds you healthy and ready for a successful year with your programs! I want to welcome you to the South Carolina Band Directors Association and the great opportunities offered for our state’s instrumentalists and directors. It’s an honor to serve as president of SCBDA and to work with you, our directors, to promote instrumental music education and positively impact our students. I encourage you to contact our committee chairs and me if and when you need help or have questions regarding SCBDA policy.

The SCBDA will hold our annual Fall Meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at River Bluff High School. Valuable information and ideas are shared at all meetings. Your presence at the committee and general meetings are a way for your voice to be heard. Our goal is to serve the directors and instrumentalists of SCBDA and create a welcoming environment for all.

Location: River Bluff High School – September 10, 2022

  • Executive Board 8:30 AM
  • Directors Meeting 9:30 AM
  • Event Committee Meetings 10:30 AM
  • New Members Meeting 11:00 AM
  • Marching Band Draw 11:30 AM

The 2021-2022 school year presented many challenges, and I hope that the 2022-2023 school year will begin a healing process for our students, ourselves, and our schools and communities. You have diligently worked to save band for your students and communities. In many ways, these challenges have created extreme panic and fatigue. Moving forward, 2022 is the 85th Anniversary of the South Carolina Band Directors Association, and 2023 is the 75th Anniversary of the South Carolina Music Educators Association! There are many significant events in the planning stages for all instrumentalists and directors to enjoy. We will also provide opportunities to reflect and show our gratitude to those who have led the way. I am so thankful to have grown up in South Carolina and participated in SCBDA events as a student and now as your president.

We are now fitting our beginner musicians on the correct instrument, rejuvenating middle school programs, pacing show design, and developing our marching band productions. There is a lot to be done before what quickly will become the end of yet another school year. I’m sure that many of you feel overwhelmed as we continue to climb out of the pandemic. Focus on the positive: your students and your craft. I respect your efforts and the myriad of challenges you face. I intend to lead you positively and provide new, exciting, and motivating ideas for your programs and personal growth. I’m so proud of you for navigating from whence you have come and where you are headed! 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can help you with anything else. See you all at our Annual Fall Meeting on September 10!

Chuck Deen
SCBDA President