BLUE KNIGHTS STAFF – Chad Pence (Brass Caption Head)
Chad Pence is the Brass Caption Head for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Chad Pence has been the Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC since the fall of 2014. In that time, the marching band has been a consistent 5A finalist at the South Carolina State Marching Band Contest. The AR Band’s fifth place finish in 2016 is the highest placement in school history. The AR Wind Ensemble has consistently received superior ratings in class 5 and 6 at the SC State Concert Assessment.
In the spring of 2014 Chad Pence was honored for eleven years of outstanding service to the band program at Fort Mill HS (SC). Whileat Fort Mill, the marching band won five state championships and a BOA regional championship. The FM Wind Symphony was a featured performing ensemble at the 2014 Music For All National Concert Festival. He previously served as an assistant band director at James F. Byrnes HS (SC) and Lost Mountain MS (GA). He earned his undergraduate degree in music education at the University of Kentucky, where he studied tuba with Dr. Skip Gray and performed with the Lexington Brass Band and The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, as well as the university’s wind ensemble and orchestra.
He currently performs in the Charleston Wind Symphony and Poinsett Wind Symphony. Mr. Pence has more than twenty years of drum corps experience. He marched with Star of Indiana in 1993 and Star’s Brass Theater in 1994.
He earned his first DCI title marching with the Cadets of Bergen County in 1998 and two more titles as a brass instructor for The Cadets in 2000 and 2005. The Cadets won the Jim Ott Memorial Award for “Best Brass Performance” in 2000 and 2005. He has served as a staff member or consultant for The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Magic of Orlando, and The Academy. In 2004, Mr. Pence was the brass caption supervisor for the Capital Regiment from Columbus, OH. From 2011-2013, he was the brass caption supervisor of the Boston Crusaders. Mr. Pence maintains professional affiliations with NAfME, SCBDA, and Phi Beta Mu.