Ronnie Ward, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, was educated in the Wake County School system. Mr. Ward received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Winthrop University and a Masters of Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Ward was first employed by the Berkeley County School District as the music teacher at Howe Hall Elementary from 1993-1995. During the 1997 school year, Mr. Ward served as the Director of Bands at the Princeton Schools in Princeton, North Carolina. From 1998 - 2000, Mr. Ward served as the Director of Bands at Palmetto Middle School and the assistant director at Palmetto High School in the Upstate. The 2000 school year marked the start of his return to Berkeley County at College Park Middle School. He served as the assistant director until 2003. He is currently the Director of Bands at Westview Middle School. Mr. Ward's students have received the highest ratings at State Concert Festival, State Marching Festival, State Jazz Festival, and Solo and Ensemble Festival, while individual students have been selected by audition to All-County, All-Region, and All-State Bands.
Mr. Ward has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and performer throughout the Carolinas. His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, SCMEA, Phi Beta Mu, American School Band Directors Assosciation, South Carolina Band Directors Association (with which he has served as a member of the Jazz committee), and previously the National Association of Jazz Educators. His wife is a teacher at Stratford High School. Mr. Ward and his family reside in Goose Creek.
Director Of Percussion Studies
Kathleen C. Vogt served as director of bands at Sangaree Middle School from its opening in 2004 until her retirement in 2012. The band students participated in beginner and junior All County Honor Bands and all the SCBDA events, earning the Outstanding Performance Award 8 consecutive years.
From 1984 to 2004, Miss Vogt was director of bands and performing arts at Hanahan High School. Under her direction the bands consistently excelled in all facets of the band medium. The Hanahan Marching Pride was named AA State Champions 4 years and AA Lower State Champions 11 years (10 consecutive years). The Concert Band received numerous superior ratings at concert festivals, and students earned chairs in Honor Bands at the county, region, and state levels. The Hanahan Bands were presented the Outstanding Performance Award each of the 20 years during Miss Vogt's tenure.
Prior to her position at Hanahan High School, Miss Vogt taught instrumental and choral music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 11 years. She attended Duquesne University, earning the Bachelors of Music Education, Summa Cum Laude in 1973 and the Master of Music Education in 1975. She continued serving on the Music School faculty of Duquesne University for five years following her 2 year graduate teaching assistantship.
She was owner-operator of a dance studio and taught dance, guard, majorettes, and percussion at several high schools and summer camps. After moving to South Carolina, she continued teaching on the college level as an adjunct professor in the Music School at Charleston Southern University. Miss Vogt has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She has also played percussion in the Charleston Opera Company productions, church cantatas, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston Community Band, Low Country Winds, Charleston Winds, and is presently performing with the Southcoast Symphony.
Miss Vogt has held membership in several professional organizations including NAfME, SCMEA, SCBDA, ASBDA, NBA, BACME, Phi Beta Mu (Vice-President, President), and Pi Lambda Theta. She served on the SCBDA Marching Committee for 25 years and was 2012 Site Coordinator for Lower State 1A/3A Marching Prelims. Hanahan High School was site host for Region Band auditions, Berkeley All County Band auditions, clinics, and concerts, SCBDA Concert Festival and Classic Festivals. She has also earned recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher. Miss Vogt was named Teacher of the Year for Hanahan High School in 1987 and Sangaree Middle School in 2008, and has been chosen for Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Outstanding Young Women in America, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. She was honored in the spring of 2013 to be inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame.
Miss Vogt is also a clinician with the World Champion Modernettes Baton Twirling Corps from Finleyville, Pennsylvania. This group has won over 50 National Championships (held at Notre Dame University) and in each of the 8 qualifying years, represented the United States in International Competition in Europe and won 8 gold medals and 2 silver. She was inducted into the National Baton Twirling Hall of Fame in 2002 (Janesville, Wisconsin) as a charter member. Miss Vogt has judged national, regional, state, and local baton twirling contests for over 40 years.
She has been active as a guest conductor, clinician, performer, and adjudicator in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Michael E. Haldeman is currently serving as Adjunct Percussion Studies Professor at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Haldeman holds a B.A. in Percussion Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Gary J. Olmstead, and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, under the instruction of Dr. Cort McClaren. Dr. Haldeman teaches applied percussion lessons, conducts the CSU percussion ensemble, instructs percussion methods and music appreciation classes, and assists with the CSU marching band and pep-band. In addition to his responsibilities at CSU, he coaches weekly percussion classes, teaches private lessons, and conducts both the high school and middle school percussion ensembles at The Charleston County School of the Arts, an arts-based magnet school in Charleston.
Michael regularly performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, drums with the Joe Clarke Trio and Big Band, served as a front ensemble member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 2001, co-instructed of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps front ensemble in 2003, and has performed with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Haldeman also recently presented his research titled Mallet Velocity In Two-Mallet Marimba Performance at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy on the campus of Oklahoma University in Norman, OK.
Dr. Michael E. Haldeman
Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
Jon McMahan, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, graduated from Irmo High School in Irmo, SC. While at Irmo, Mr. McMahan was a member of the Bands of America (BOA) 1997 & 1998 National High School Honor Band and was the winner of the 1998 South Carolina Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He then received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky where he studied with James Campbell. Mr. McMahan has worked throughout the country as a performer, adjudicator, and clinician and has served as a percussion clinician for the Bands of America Summer Symposium, a position which he held for six years. He then went on to work as an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist at Langham Creek High School in Houston Texas.
Steven P. Raisley, Assistant Band Director, came to the Westview Band program with 14 years of teaching experience in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Mars Area Senior High School, in Mars, PA, Mr. Raisley attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in music education. While at Clarion, Mr. Raisley was involved in all aspects of the music department, serving as President of the bands and choirs his junior year. He participated in such ensembles as Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir and Show Choir. Mr. Raisley also did graduate work at Penn State University where he assisted with the 250 member Penn State Marching Blue Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Campus Band and basketball Pep Bands. In 1993, Mr. Raisley accepted his first teaching job at Union School District in Northwest Pennsylvania as an elementary music teacher. The following year, he accepted the job of Band Director at Steelton-Highspire School District, located south of Harrisburg. During his 13 years at Steelton-Highspire, he helped revitalize the band program by restarting the high school marching band, the high school concert band and the band booster organization. His teaching responsibilities included teaching band students in grades 4-12 and directing all the bands in the small, urban school district. Over the years, the Steel-High Roller Pride Marching Band has taken trips to Toronto, Cleveland and New York City.
He is a past-president of Dauphin County Music Educators Association and helped oversee county band, orchestra and chorus festivals. His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and National Band Association. Mr. Raisley resides in Summerville and is now Director of Bands at Berkeley Middle School.
Julie Duvall student taught with Ronnie Ward at Westview Middle School during the spring of 2011. She graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2011 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. She is currently the band director at Conway Middle School in Conway, South Carolina. In her short time at Conway Middle School, her bands have grown immensely. Her bands have performed in public at football games as well as at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Conway.
Mr. Wharton was the Band Director at College Park Middle School. Prior to taking the position at CPMS, he student taught at Westview Middle School. Mr. Wharton is a graduate of Claflin University.