Fort Mill Times

Clover High School band leader chosen

Joe Gulledge will lead Clover High School band programs in the fall.
Joe Gulledge will lead Clover High School band programs in the fall. CLOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Clover High School’s band will be marching in a new direction this fall under the leadership of Joe Gulledge.

Gulledge, a National Board Certified teacher, replaces Eric Wells who has accepted a new position in Greenville. Gulledge has 18 years experience as band director at Rock Hill High School.

“Joe has experiences that are unmatched by most directors in South Carolina and across the Southeast Region,” said Clover High principal Mark Hopkins. “He has had great success at the state, regional and national levels, and we are confident he will bring continued growth and success to our band program.”

Gulledge coordinated all aspects of the high school band program in Rock Hill including a 160-member marching band, three concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, indoor drumline, two winter guards and small ensembles. He is a 16-time recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award given by the South Carolina Band Directors Association and he is president-elect of the SCBDA.

Gulledge also directed all aspects of the band program from sixth grade through high school during his three years at Central High School in Pageland. While he served there, enrollment in band program increased 200 percent.

Hopkins is appreciative of Wells’ leadership and direction for 11 years. Wells is going to Blue Ridge High School next year.

“Under his direction, the CHS band has earned a stellar reputation in our state and helped us to attract many candidates from several top band programs in the Southeast,” Hopkins said. “I am sure he will continue to do great things there.”