Director of the Charleston Jazz Academy David W. Carter, Jr., a native of Charleston, SC, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music Education degree with a focus in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, David is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with a focus in Jazz Studies also from the University of Southern Mississippi.   At the University of Southern Mississippi, David served as a graduate assistant for both the university bands and jazz bands. As a graduate assistant for the jazz bands, he worked with Director of Jazz Studies, Mr. Larry Panella, directing the Jazz Lab Band II, coaching various jazz combos, performing in both the Jazz Lab I and the USM Jazz Sextet, and lecturing for jazz improvisation classes. His duties for the university bands included working with the marching band, the “Pride of Mississippi,” the concert ensembles, and guest lecturing for undergraduate conducting and music education classes.   David most recently served as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Cane Bay High School located in Summerville, South Carolina. As a recipient of the 2015 Teacher of the Year, his duties included serving as the Chair for the Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Morale Committee for Berkeley County School District. Under his direction, his students and bands have earned numerous Superior ratings at various competitions and festivals. Carter also travels throughout the southeastern United States as an active jazz, contemporary, and classical musician and clinician.   Mr. Carter’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his puppies—Miles, Ella, and Charlie, salsa dancing, and walking around Downtown Charleston.  

Director of the Charleston Jazz Academy

David W. Carter, Jr., a native of Charleston, SC, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music Education degree with a focus in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, David is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with a focus in Jazz Studies also from the University of Southern Mississippi.
 
At the University of Southern Mississippi, David served as a graduate assistant for both the university bands and jazz bands. As a graduate assistant for the jazz bands, he worked with Director of Jazz Studies, Mr. Larry Panella, directing the Jazz Lab Band II, coaching various jazz combos, performing in both the Jazz Lab I and the USM Jazz Sextet, and lecturing for jazz improvisation classes. His duties for the university bands included working with the marching band, the “Pride of Mississippi,” the concert ensembles, and guest lecturing for undergraduate conducting and music education classes.
 
David most recently served as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Cane Bay High School located in Summerville, South Carolina. As a recipient of the 2015 Teacher of the Year, his duties included serving as the Chair for the Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Morale Committee for Berkeley County School District. Under his direction, his students and bands have earned numerous Superior ratings at various competitions and festivals. Carter also travels throughout the southeastern United States as an active jazz, contemporary, and classical musician and clinician.
 
Mr. Carter’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his puppies—Miles, Ella, and Charlie, salsa dancing, and walking around Downtown Charleston.

 

Dan Leonard Beginner Band & Woodwind Private Lessons Mr. Leonard is a recognized expert in the field of music education. The Leonard School of Music was handed down to him from his father Pat Leonard in 1970. Mr. Leonard's work has received international acclaim and led to a lifetime of teaching and directing students and bands at all levels - elementary, junior high, high school and college. In 2015, Mr. Leonard was inducted into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame. In addition to teaching at Leonard School of Music, Mr. Leonard teaches at several schools in the Charleston area. Learn more about Mr. Leonard

Dan Leonard
Beginner Band & Woodwind Private Lessons

Mr. Leonard is a recognized expert in the field of music education. The Leonard School of Music was handed down to him from his father Pat Leonard in 1970. Mr. Leonard's work has received international acclaim and led to a lifetime of teaching and directing students and bands at all levels - elementary, junior high, high school and college. In 2015, Mr. Leonard was inducted into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame. In addition to teaching at Leonard School of Music, Mr. Leonard teaches at several schools in the Charleston area.

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Jason Bellack Beginner/Intermediate Band & Woodwind Private Lessons Mr. Bellack has been an accomplished music educator in the Charleston area for more than a decade. Mr. Bellack has a wealth of experience and success in the field of music education. He received his bachelor degree in music education from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Carolina Band - "Mighty Sound of the Southeast." He then went on to pursue a master's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. Learn more about Mr. Bellack

Jason Bellack
Beginner/Intermediate Band & Woodwind Private Lessons

Mr. Bellack has been an accomplished music educator in the Charleston area for more than a decade. Mr. Bellack has a wealth of experience and success in the field of music education. He received his bachelor degree in music education from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Carolina Band - "Mighty Sound of the Southeast." He then went on to pursue a master's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

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Emma Ostapeck Beginner Band & Concert Band Ms. Ostapeck began playing the clarinet in fourth grade at Blessed Sacrement School under the instruction of Dan Leonard. She continued studying at the Leonard School of Music throughout high school and enjoyed playing in the Honor Band and Jazz Band. A great support of Mr. Leonard's rhythm system, she is excited to be an instructor at the Leonard School of Music. Aside from teaching, Ms. Ostapeck is a sales associate at Music & Arts and maintains a private clarinet studio. Learn more about Ms. Ostapeck

Emma Ostapeck
Beginner Band & Concert Band

Ms. Ostapeck began playing the clarinet in fourth grade at Blessed Sacrement School under the instruction of Dan Leonard. She continued studying at the Leonard School of Music throughout high school and enjoyed playing in the Honor Band and Jazz Band. A great support of Mr. Leonard's rhythm system, she is excited to be an instructor at the Leonard School of Music. Aside from teaching, Ms. Ostapeck is a sales associate at Music & Arts and maintains a private clarinet studio.


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Robert "RJ" Ocampo Beginner / Intermediate Band, Jazz Band & Trumpet Private Lessons Robert earned his degree in music education with a concentration on the trumpet from SUNY Fredonia. While studying at SUNY Fredonia, he was mentored by several renowned professors and musicians, including Peter Lindblom, Bruce Johnstone, Tim Reynish and Roderick MacDonald.  Learn more about Mr. Ocampo

Robert "RJ" Ocampo
Beginner / Intermediate Band, Jazz Band & Trumpet Private Lessons

Robert earned his degree in music education with a concentration on the trumpet from SUNY Fredonia. While studying at SUNY Fredonia, he was mentored by several renowned professors and musicians, including Peter Lindblom, Bruce Johnstone, Tim Reynish and Roderick MacDonald. 

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John Stockdale Guitar Ensemble & Guitar Private Lessons Classically trained and inspired by his grandfather - Patrick Leonard, the founder of Leonard School of Music - Mr. Stockdale is a third generation guitar teacher. Since 1994, he has been teaching in all styles specializing in the beginner/intermediate reading, theory, technique, ear training and more. Mr. Stockdale graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music as a guitar major. Learn more about Mr. Stockdale

John Stockdale
Guitar Ensemble & Guitar Private Lessons

Classically trained and inspired by his grandfather - Patrick Leonard, the founder of Leonard School of Music - Mr. Stockdale is a third generation guitar teacher. Since 1994, he has been teaching in all styles specializing in the beginner/intermediate reading, theory, technique, ear training and more. Mr. Stockdale graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music as a guitar major.

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Bates Holman Percussion Ensemble & Percussion Private Lessons Mr. Holman is a drummer, percussionist and educator whose life goal is to bring the joys and mysteries of playing music to others in order to instill a lifestyle of music appreciation and enjoyment. He holds a bachelor degree in percussion performance from Winthrop University where prior to his graduation he studied American and non-Western cultures, music and instruments. Learn more about Mr. Holman

Bates Holman
Percussion Ensemble & Percussion Private Lessons

Mr. Holman is a drummer, percussionist and educator whose life goal is to bring the joys and mysteries of playing music to others in order to instill a lifestyle of music appreciation and enjoyment. He holds a bachelor degree in percussion performance from Winthrop University where prior to his graduation he studied American and non-Western cultures, music and instruments.

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