Drew Brooks (Co-Director of Bands at NWMS and Assistant Director of Bands at NWHS) began his career in music education in South Carolina where he graduated from Summerville High School. There, he performed at the BOA Grand National level with the SHS Competitive Performance Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Leslie Gilreath. In 2008, he received the Henry Fillmore Award for Outstanding Musicianship and was awarded the SC Teaching Fellows Scholarship to attend Furman University.
At Furman University, Mr. Brooks marched for four years as a member of the Paladin Regiment under the direction of Mr. Jay Bocook and Dr. Les Hicken. During his undergraduate studies, he was selected to spend a semester at the prestigious Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy to study music and horn performance with professional musicians across Tuscany. Following his semester abroad, he competed and won the Furman University Biennial Concerto Competition, he was selected as principal horn of the South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band, and he was elected to serve as the president of Furman’s Gamma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Immediately after earning his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduating magna cum laude from Furman University in 2012, Mr. Brooks joined the staff of the Auburn University Marching Band where he apprenticed in drill-writing and music arranging for athletic bands under Dr. Rick Good and Dr. Johnnie Vinson. During his time at Auburn, Mr. Brooks also served as a staff drum major for the pregame and halftime shows in Jordan-Hare Stadium, conducted the Basketball Pep Band for ESPN televised games in Auburn Arena, and co-conducted the Tiger and Eagle Wind Ensembles. He was also selected to serve as a member of the band director staff for the 2012 Macy’s Great American Marching Band.
Over the past decade, Mr. Brooks has directed middle and high school band programs in North Carolina and South Carolina wherein his students and ensembles have .focused his research on the effects of music education experiences on the social identity development and the social-emotional learning of adolescents. His research was selected for presentation at the International Society for Music Education World Conference in Helsinki, Finland, the Biennial Society for Music Teacher Education National Conference in Greensboro, NC, the Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Kissimmee, FL, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association Annual Conference in Winston-Salem, NC.
Horn is his primary instrument and, presently, he serves as principal horn for the Poinsett Wind Symphony. In addition to his passion for music education, Mr. Brooks is a proud father and husband. He and his wife, Abbey, are so grateful for their two precious children, Silas and Lilah (and their dog, Rosie). Mr. Brooks is honored to be a part of the Viking Band Family!