Who We Are
Here at Sandhills our program is comprised of four bands: 7th Grade Concert Band, 8th Grade Concert Band, Honor Band, and Jazz Band. Each year we hold a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert. Our Honor Band participates in the SCBDA State Concert Assessment held in March.
Director of Bands
Kayla Phipps is the Director of Bands at Sandhills Middle School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Swansea High School. This is her first year teaching in Gaston and is excited to continue her career as a Tiger!
Ms. Phipps is a native of South Carolina and grew up in Columbia. She graduated from Spring Valley High School were she studied under the direction of David Allison. After graduating she attended the University of South Carolina and received her Bachelors Degree in Music. Here, Ms. Phipps was instructed by Dr. Ronald Davis on Euphonium and performed under Dr. Phillips and Dr. Weiss.
Ms. Phipps is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, where Ms. Phipps served as President of the Zeta Chi Chapter.