Jeremy Ley, Director of Bands
Mr. Jeremy Ley is in his first year as Director of Bands at Dutch Fork High School. Originally from Mount Pleasant, SC, Mr. Ley graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
Mr. Ley was the Assistant Band Director at Dutch Fork Middle School from 2015-2018. The Dutch Fork Middle School Band is a consistent recipient of the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award and consistently receives Superior with Distinction at Concert Performance Assessment. In 2017, the 8th grade band was named Grand Champion at the Southern Star Music festival in Atlanta, GA. In 2018, Mr. Ley took the Jazz Band to Jazz Performance Assessment for the first time and received a Superior rating. Mr. Ley was also previously the Assistant Band Director for the Silver Spirit Marching Band. The marching band consistently has a strong showing at the SCBDA 4A State Competition and was named a finalist in the 2017 Bands of America Regional Championships in Winston-Salem, NC.
While at USC, Mr. Ley was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Left Bank Big Band, Trumpet Ensemble, and the Carolina Band. Additionally, Mr. Ley has had the opportunity to study Trumpet with James Ackley and Allen Vizzutti, as well as conducting with Rebecca Phillips. In 2014, Mr. Ley participated in the Orvieto Music Festival in Italy with the USC Trumpet Ensemble.
Mr. Ley was also a member of the Wando High School Band in Mount Pleasant, SC. In addition to being named 5A State marching band champions, Mr. Ley participated in the 2007 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, and was a finalist in the 2009 Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Ley’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Director’s Association and National Association for Music Education.
Outside of teaching, Mr. Ley enjoys his time as a music producer and as a co-owner of Pendle Alpacas, an Alpaca farm in Jefferson, NC.