International School for the Arts
ROGER SIMPSON RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY AS ONE OF “50 DIRECTORS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE”
Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. The magazine showcases great music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band and orchestra directors submitted nominations for these outstanding band and orchestra directors.
Simpson is in his fifth year as Director of Band at Irmo High School. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Prior to arriving at Irmo, Simpson served as Director of Bands at Barnwell High School and Hartsville High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. In 2011, he was named the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Young Music Educator of the Year. This year under the direction of Simpson, Irmo finished second in the AAA Lower State Championship.
“Roger has been an instrumental part of our arts department and the growth of our arts magnet here at IHS,” Riegel said. “He is collaborative, patient and thoughtful in the design of his programs and activities. Roger is greatly admired by his students and colleagues and Irmo High is so lucky to have him. I know that this is just the beginning of the great things that he will accomplish as part of our school.”