Band Faculty

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Scot McGuire

Scot McGuire is the Director of Bands at Northwestern High School. Mr. McGuire has over twenty years of experience teaching middle and high school bands in South Carolina. Bands under Mr. McGuire’s direction have consistently received the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Outstanding Performance Award and numerous Superior ratings at the SCBDA State Concert Performance Assessment, Jazz Performance Assessment, Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment, and have been consistent finalists in the State Marching Championships. In Mr. McGuire’s time at Dutchman Creek, over three hundred of his students were selected to District, County, Region, and All-State Bands.

Mr. McGuire is a native of Fort Mill, SC, and was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. McGuire received his Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University and his Master of Music in Conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. He is a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. McGuire serves as Concert Performance Assessment Site Chairman for the SCBDA and Solo and Ensemble Site Chairman. His professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, the South Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Mr. McGuire is the orchestra director at First Baptist Church of Rock Hill. Mr. McGuire loves traveling in his RV with his wife Kerri (the Ph.D. in the family), his horseback-riding daughter Chloe, and his soccer-loving daughter Sophie.

Phone: (803)981-1225

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education (K-12 certification) Master of Music Education Master of School Administration (Elementary & Secondary certification) Read to Succeed Teaching Endorsement Gifted & Talented Teaching Endorsement

Brandon Sanders

Mr. Sanders obtained a Bachelor of Music Education (Winthrop University), Masters of Music Education (Kent State University), and a Master in School Administration (Gardner-Webb University). He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), SC Music Education Association (SCMEA), SC Band Director’s Association (SCBDA), Pi Kappa Lambda, and served on numerous school councils. Mr. Sanders aids SCBDA committees and was a board member of several community and leadership-based honor societies and fraternity chapters. He’s also been a teacher evaluator and assistant principal.

Under Mr. Sanders' guidance, a surplus of students are annually seated in various honor bands and earn top ratings at the Solo & Ensemble festival. His bands have received consistent Superior concert ratings while annually earning the SCBDA “Outstanding Performance Award.” On numerous occasions, Mr. Sanders has been an honor band clinician and concert assessment consultant and received SCMEA’s “Outstanding Young Music Educator Award” (2016). He has created jazz ensembles and student mentoring programs and chartered a junior Tri-M Music Honor Society that won “National Chapter of the Year” within its first year (2014).

Mr. Sanders’ career began at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, where he was Teacher of the Year and a District Teacher of the Year finalist (2014). He then taught at Springfield Middle School and became a Teacher of the Year finalist (2017). Mr. Sanders later served as the inaugural band director at Pleasant Knoll Middle School, earning Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year (2019). He’s also been an Assistant Marching Band Director for Chesterfield, Nation Ford, and Fort Mill High Schools. Mr. Sanders assisted these programs in earning Marching Band 4A State Championships (2015, 2016) and Bands of America Regional Championships (2016, 2017). In 2023, he joined Northwestern High School as Associate Director of Bands.

Brandon is happily married to Adrienne: a remarkable wife, elementary assistant principal, and former drum major who shares his intense passion for education, community service, music, and Band.

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Mr. Josh Walker

As a professional musician, Josh Walker has worked in the Carolina region for 20 years, including as percussionist with the Charlotte, Charleston, and Union Symphonies. He has performed with Andrea Bocelli, the Moody Blues, Manhattan Transfer, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, and many other artists. Josh frequently performs on timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, marimba, and ethnic and orchestral percussion.

As a private instructor, Josh has sent students to All-Region and All-State honor bands in South and North Carolina, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and colleges such as University of Cincinnati, Winthrop University, Furman University, the University of South Carolina, UNC Greensboro, and North Carolina School of the Arts.

As a composer and arranger Josh has recently recorded, produced, and released an album of his jazz-influenced arrangements of classic hymns. It is entitled Reimagined: Classic Hymns for a Modern Audience. He also writes music exclusively and non-exclusively for several music libraries.

Josh studied at Winthrop University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1998 and a Master of Music Performance in 2001.

He and his wife, Michelle, live in Fort Mill, SC with their daughter.