Mr. Derek Deakins

Phone: 843-881-8200 ext. 257-0245

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Mr. Derek Deakins

Derek Deakins is a fiddler, violinist, guitarist, and orchestra conductor originally from Kingsport, Tennessee. Derek's musical journey began with Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five and has taken him all around the world as a professional musician.  Derek has performed in several foreign countries and all of the 48 contiguous United States in venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Grand Ole Opry. Derek graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. While living in Nashville, Derek performed with major recording artists such as The Osborne Brothers, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Neil McCoy, and Blake Shelton. His television appearances include Grand Ole Opry Live, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, and Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Derek has recorded and produced four professional albums, titled "If I Could Give the World," "The Fiddle, Bluegrass, and Me," "Double Fiddle Time," and "Where We Belong," as part of the Gravel Road Acoustic Trio.  Visit Derek's music page for audio samples and purchasing information. Derek has enjoyed working as Director of Orchestras at Wando High School in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.  He also pioneered the guitar program and Advanced Placement Music Theory program.  Derek is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award and has co-authored a music book called Fiddlin' Favorites Volume 2 for violin students. When Derek is not teaching, you might find him playing guitar and singing as part of Gravel Road Acoustic Trio.  He also enjoys performing with various other bluegrass and country groups throughout the southeast including Pinecastle recording artists, Merle Monroe.  Additionally, Derek is honored to be a musician on staff at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 
Website: https://wandoorchestras.wixsite.com/wando-orchestra
Office Hours: T, TH, & Fri: 8:00-8:20
Classes Teaching this Year
Intro to Guitar
Honors Music Theory
AP Music Theory
Chamber Orchestra
Concert Orchestra

Mr. Jeff Handel

Phone: 843-881-8258

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Mr. Jeff Handel

Jeff is in his ninth year of teaching as Associate Band Director and the Jazz and Percussion Director at Wando High School.  He is part of the creative team for the marching band, and directs the percussion ensembles and jazz bands, among other musical duties. Jeff’s talents and music degree from Indiana University are also employed on a semi-annual basis as the musical coordinator for pep rallies. While at Wando, Jeff has been an active clinician for jazz and percussion events around the state, including featured performances at the SCMEA in-service convention with the Wando Percussion Ensemble in 2016 and the Wando Festival Jazz Band was featured in 2018. Before he began teaching Wando, Jeff was the percussionist for the Dallas Brass, was a percussionist for several tours of the show Blast!, and performed with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.  Jeff can currently be found freelancing in and around the Charleston area with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the North Charleston Pops, Charleston Wind Symphony, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and playing drum set with Cameron and the Saltwater Brass.  His professional affiliations include South Carolina Music Educators’ Association, NAfME, Jazz Educators’ Network, and the Percussive Arts Society, of which he is currently the Vice President of the South Carolina Chapter. When not teaching or playing, he spends as much time as possible with his wife Cameron and daughters, Harper and Maryjane. Jeff is a proud endorser of Evans Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals and Promark Drumsticks. Please contact me for Google Classroom class codes.
Room # : A112 Office Hours: M, T, TH – 8:00-8:30, 12:00-12:45
Classes Teaching: Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band

Mr. Matt Taylor

Phone: 843-881-8200 ext: 257-0025

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Mr. Matt Taylor

Mr. Taylor is an Associate Choral Director at Wando. He directs the intermediate and advanced women's choirs and assists with the other senior-level and freshman choirs. This is Mr. Taylor's fourth year with Wando Chorus. For all information on Wando Chorus, please visit www.wandochorus.com.
Contact: 
Room A-115
Classes taught:
Wando Singers (2nd Block)
Bella Voce (6th Period)