Austin Sanders (Spartanburg, SC)
AUSTIN SANDERS is currently the Director of Percussion for Spartanburg School District 5. A graduate of Western Carolina University, he performed with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from 2005 – 2008, serving as the drumline captain his last year. While in college, he also performed with many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Artist-n-Residency Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, The Gamelan Ensemble and Purple Thunder Entertainment Drumline. Austin marched snare drum for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps under the direction of top percussion instructors Clint Gillespie and Max Mullinix. He also marched DCA with Atlanta CV under Chris Romanowski and served as the drumline captain.
Austin has taught numerous high school percussion groups in the Carolinas. He has also served on staff with Boston Crusaders, Seattle Cascades, Atlanta CV, Fusion Indoor Percussion, Catalyst Indoor Percussion and Western Carolina University. Also, he is currently the Battery Caption Head for Saints Indoor Percussion at Limestone College.
Austin has been on staff with the James F. Byrnes High School Band since 2011 and his dedication to the program has been undeniable.