Director of Bands
David Richards is currently the director of bands at Pickens High School. Mr. Richards is a graduate of North Greenville University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education and a Masters in School Administration and Supervision from Anderson University. Mr. Richards has previously served as a band director in Laurens 55 serving Laurens District 55 High School as well as Hickory Tavern and Gray Court Owings Middle School from 2016-2019. In this time Mr. Richards has taken the Raider band to Bands of America regional in Jacksonville Alabama, including making finals for the first time in school history. The Raider band was the 2018 class 4a upper state runner up and showed continuous growth. Ensembles under Mr. Richards direction consistently made superior ratings. Mr. Richards’ experience also includes being the director of bands at Clinton High School from 2009-2016. During his time at Clinton, the band grew in size and qualified for state finals for the first time since the 90s. Mr. Richards also began a jazz band that performed at local performances such as; Spartanburg Spring Fling, Freedom Weekend Aloft, and an appearance on “My Carolina with Jack and Megan.” Mr. Richards was also the “Young Music Educator of the Year” nominee for the SCBDA in the 2012-2013 school year.
Mr. Richards is a national adjudicator for indoor performance activities and travels throughout the country judging indoor color guard, percussion, and winds programs. The focus of his adjudication and training is in the area of visual and general effect. Training to be an adjudicator has involved a close partnership with world class judges and founders of the activity. Mr. Richards is active in the SCBDA, SCMEA, and indoor performance circuits throughout the country. In 2019 Mr. Richards was selected to present a statewide professional development titled “Success for the small marching ensemble” during the SCMEA inservice conference.
Mr. Richards is the cofounder of “With Pride Designs” as a visual designer and general effect specialist. Mr. Richards involvement with “With Pride Design” involves writing drill, consulting directors regarding general effect, providing judging commentary, and serving students across our state as a clinician.
Mr. Richards resides in Simpsonville, SC with his wife Crystal and their daughter Ellis Catherine.