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Mr. Secaida Howell
My name is Secaida Howell and I am the new Director of Bands at Chapin Middle School and Assistant Director of The Chapin High School Marching Band. I am from Blythewood, South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina where I earned my Bachelor of Music Education degree. During my time at USC, I was a member of the USC University Band, USC Symphonic Winds, and the USC Marching Band. I am currently a member of the Carolina Wind Symphony. I completed my student teaching internship at Irmo Middle School and Irmo High School in Lexington-Richland School District Five. While completing my internship, I directed the combined middle and high school saxophone choir and was a guest conductor for the Irmo High School Chamber Winds at the SCBDA State Concert Festival.
While receiving my Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, my passion for the marching arts led me to being involved with South Carolina high school marching bands as a woodwind and visual instructor. I have served on the staff for the Blythewood High School Blue Legion Marching Band and the White Knoll High School Timberwolf Marching Pride. Most recently, I helped lead the Blythewood Blue Legion to their first Bands of America Regional Championship Finals appearance and a top five SCBDA AAAA State Finals finish during the 2017 season. While at White Knoll, I helped lead the White Knoll Band to two SCBDA State Finals appearances including the 2016 SCBDA AAAA State Championships and a top five finish in the 2015 SCBDA AAAAA State Championships. During 2015 season, the White Knoll Marching Band was also a Western Carolina Tournament of Champions class champion and finalist. During the 2015-2016 school year, I served as the Visual Caption Head for the White Knoll indoor percussion ensemble, leading them to a bronze medal finish at the 2016 SCBDA Winter Ensemble Championships.
My professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA), the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).
I am excited for my first year with the Chapin Band program!