Mr. Secaida Howell - Director of Bands

Secaida Howell is the Director of Bands at Chapin Middle School and Assistant Director of The Chapin High School Marching Band. Originally from Blythewood, South Carolina, Mr. Howell attended the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree. During his time at USC, he was a member of the USC University Band, USC Symphonic Winds, and the USC Marching Band. He is the chairman for the new Lexington-Richland School District Five Honor Band clinic. He is also currently Principal Saxophonist of the Carolina Wind Symphony. Mr. Howell completed his student teaching internship at Irmo Middle School and Irmo High School in Lexington-Richland School District Five. While completing his internship, he directed the combined middle and high school saxophone choir and was a guest conductor for the Irmo High School Chamber Winds at the SCBDA State Concert Festival.

While receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, his passion for the marching arts led him to being involved with South Carolina high school marching bands as a woodwind and visual instructor. Mr. Howell has served on the staff for the Blythewood High School Blue Legion Marching Band and the White Knoll High School Timberwolf Marching Pride. He helped lead the Blythewood Blue Legion to their first Bands of America Regional Championship Finals appearance and a top five finish at the SCBDA AAAA State Finals during the 2017 season. While at White Knoll, he helped lead the White Knoll Band to two SCBDA State Finals appearances including the 2016 SCBDA AAAA State Championships and a top five finish in the 2015 SCBDA AAAAA State Championships. During 2015 season, the White Knoll Marching Band was also a Western Carolina Tournament of Champions class champion and finalist. During the 2015-2016 school year, Mr. Howell served as the Visual Caption Head for the White Knoll indoor percussion ensemble, leading them to a bronze medal finish at the 2016 SCBDA Winter Ensemble Championships.

Under his direction, the Chapin Middle School Bands has already experienced lots of success. The Chapin Middle School Concert and Symphonic Bands both received ratings of Superior with Distinction at the 2019 SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment. In 2019, thirteen students were placed into the SCBDA All-Region Band being the most since 2015 and the first student was placed into the SCBDA All-State Band since 2016. The Chapin Middle School Band leadership team has been developed in which a selected group of students meet once a week to develop ideas and projects to promote positive growth of the program. The Chapin Middle School band was selected to be a part of the "Consortium for the Development of Quality Band Literature". The first ever Chapin Band night was held hosting all middle school students at a Chapin High School football game bringing in more than 85 students to participate. Several ensembles have been created including a brass choir and a pep band. The program has also merged with Chapin Intermediate School and Chapin High School to create one program under the same umbrella known as the Chapin Bands. Mr. Howell is excited for the future of the Chapin Band program including several facility upgrades as well as new performance opportunities coming later in the school year.

His professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Director’s Association (SCBDA) in which he was recently elected to serve on the SCBDA Marching Band Committee representing the state of South Carolina, the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA),the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).