The schools in the East Cooper Constituent District begin band in sixth grade. Wando High School has three middle level feeder schools: Cario Middle School (Jeff Scott and Emily Wilkinson, directors), Laing Middle School (Nick Nafpliotis, director), and Moultrie Middle School (Marie Evans, director). Students receive a comprehensive instrumental education, as evidenced by their membership in the South Carolina All-State and Region Bands. All groups meet five times per week and all beginners meet in heterogeneous groupings. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in the South Carolina Band Directors Association Concert Festival, Solo and Ensemble, and honor ensembles. A large portion of the Charleston All-County Band is comprised of middle school students from the East Cooper area. Each of the middle schools annually participates in a Symphonic Camp setting lead by nationally recognized clinicians. Several of the Wando High School students provide private instruction to students in our middle schools through the Music Mentors program.
Cario Middle School
With an enrollment of more than 350 students this year, Cario Bands is one of the largest middle school bands in South Carolina. Our performance groups include the 6th Grade Beginner band, 7th and 8th grade Concert Bands, the Symphonic, and the Jazz Band. Under the direction of Mr. Jeff Scott and assisted by Mrs. Wilkinson, our students have consistently achieved superior ratings and results at local, regional, state-wide, and national competitions.
Jeffrey R. Scott, Director of Bands is the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant.
Emily Wilkinson, Assistant Director is thrilled to join the Cario Band program.
Laing Middle School
Laing Middle School Nick Nafpliotis, director
Moultrie Middle School
Marie Evans is the Band Director at Moultrie Middle School. Marie is in her 9th year teaching here in Mount Pleasant and I loves it!
Marie grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1993 (Go Vikings!). She then made a brief tour of fine southern universities, attending University of South Carolina, University of North Texas and finally graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1998 from the University of Southern Mississippi. Marie moved to Lovejoy, Georgia and taught band there for 4 years before returning to finish her higher education with a Masters in Music Education from the University of Georgia.