Dr. Miller has shared the following announcement:
I am also pleased to announce the new Director of Bands at Park Hill South HS beginning this summer. We welcome Mr. Andrew Gillespie to our Panther Band family. Below is some information about his background. He was the third candidate who auditioned with us. I am confident he will continue to lead the band in a positive and successful manner. Mr. Gillespie will be in contact with you regarding schedules for practice and details about summer band camp.
Andrew Gillespie, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. Most recently, Mr. Gillespie served as the Director of Bands from 2013-2016 at Liberty High School in Liberty, South Carolina. His high school program gained recognition for its significant growth under his leadership and his ensembles received high ratings at the SCBDA marching and concert festivals, including the first superior rating in school history at the region concert band festival. In addition, his students earned placements and alternate positions in the SCBDA region honor bands and in the South Carolina All-State Bands.
Mr. Gillespie is currently completing his Master of Music in wind conducting at Colorado State University and serves as graduate assistant with the CSU Marching Band, the basketball pep bands, and the Presidential Pep Band. In addition, he serves as guest conductor of the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the Concert Band. His conducting teachers have included Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Wesley Kenney, and Dr. Nicole Gross.
As the drum major of the University of South Carolina Marching Band, Mr. Gillespie has conducted nationally televised performances, including shows with Allan Vizzutti, the 2012 Capitol One Bowl, the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl, and the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship. He has performed on euphonium throughout the Southeastern United States and in venues across the country, including the 2012 College Band Directors National Associational Southern Regional Convention, the 2010 Society of Composers International Convention, and the 2013 South Carolina Music Educators Convention. In addition, he has served as a guest clinician and low brass instructor throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and Colorado.
Mr. Gillespie has recently accepted the position of Director of Bands at Park Hill South, an award-winning high school near Kansas City, Missouri. (Go Panthers!) He currently holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Band Association (NBA), and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). He has served on the South Carolina All-State Bands committee and Solo and Ensemble state committee.