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.