Simon AustinYear of Graduation • 2000

Current Position • Band, Choir and Technology teacher at Murray Middle School

Time in
 current position • Since the fall (filling the void left by a veteran teacher). I will retire soon.

Name some accomplishments or awards since graduation

CTAP Level 3 Techmentor is similar to a music Masters I guess.

I am proud of my tune I just put online (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) called, “Gone but not forgotten”.

SCSBOA Educator of Distinction

Walmart Teacher of the Year

Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers.

How did ABC help prepare you for these?

ABC got me thinking of music at the higher level, especially what I teach students.

What was your most memorable ABC experience?

Too many but one highlight was playing string bass on the concert with Gary Foster.

Who are your biggest influences/mentors?

David Caffey, Mike Bankhead and Bruce Dinkins.

What advice do you have for young directors?

Never let a 13-year-old ruin your whole day.