Shelby Ledbetter

Director of Bands

E9204D9F-0492-47E8-9943-782335C9563FI eagerly write to introduce myself as the new Director of Bands at May River High School. Music is as essential to the soul as air is a necessity for the human life. It has held a vigor and challenge accompanied with gratitude and splendor for nearly two decade of my life. I hail from Avon, Indiana where the marching arts were a rigor like nothing else I have ever known. As a drum major for this band, I had defining experiences that shaped my musicianship through adulthood and as a director. Having teachers who worked full time for Drum Corps International derived expectations of the highest standards when it comes to the marching arts-with that came 11 consecutive state championship titles, 3 consecutive national championship titles, and Indiana Concert Festival Champions. It is these profound expectations and experiences that I appeal to May River as we continue the tremendous success that has come before and will shape our endeavors as we move forward and set our horizons farther and farther. And as I conducted on the main podium for Avon at Lucas Oil stadium in front of 20,000 plus people for a band of more then 280 members , it is this memory dictates the decision that will embody the spirit of success at May River. My aim is to create sensational extraordinary experiences derived from rigorous discipline, ignited passion, and a unified sound of intense purity. And if we can do that the trophies will take care of themselves. I am thrilled to join this wonderful terrific band family in that we will take care to rise from the foundations of this program in efforts to expand the depth and magnitude of the accomplishments that yet to come.

 I am a clarinetists and my secondary instrument is French Horn. I attended the University of South Carolina obtaining both my bachelors and masters degrees. I gave 5 recitals during my time at Carolina of clarinet performance and conducting recitals. I’ve had the honor of performing in the USC Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Pit Opera Orchestra, Palmetto Concert Band, and the Mighty Sound of the Southeast Marching Band. Upon moving to South Carolina almost a decade ago, I had the privilege of teaching on staff for Bluffton Marching Band before the conception of May River High School. It is from this time that the staff at Bluffton committed themselves towards the development of its band program. From these experiences I helped paved the way both visually on the field and as woodwind consultant for the first crop of students in which came to May River from their experiences with Bluffton prior to the opening of the new high school. During my time at Carolina I remained active in assisting as staff member for Blythewood Marching Band in which they received 5thoverall in their class at Bands of America Indianapolis Regional, as well as staff for Dreher, Ridge View and Bluffton High Schools. I have also taught students aging from 3 years old to college students from my time as adjunct professor at Presbyterian College. As Band and Orchestra Director for both middle and high school at Cardinal Newman, I established a first ever-marching band as well as orchestra for the school.  I am eager to return to Bluffton where my family resides currently with my two loving parents and my younger brother who is 2017 alum of May River High School. #GoCocks #GoSharks #SilverSounds@MR


Jose Morales

Color Guard Instructor