Our Staff


Chris Hardesty

Chris graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from East Carolina University.  As a student at ECU, Chris participated in a wide variety of performing groups offered by the university - including jazz band, various choirs, and concert ensembles.  Expanding his instructional opportunities, Chris has worked as a technician/consultant with several notable bands throughout North Carolina including: Croatan High School (Newport), East Carteret High School (Beaufort), Green Hope High School (Cary), Northwest Cabarrus High School (Concord), and Butler High School (Matthews).  

During his drum corps career, Chris marched with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2005) and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2007).  Chris had previously taught as a visual technician with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2010 and 2011) and was hired for his third year with the organization in 2016.  In addition, Chris also serves as a representative for the South Central District within the North Carolina Bandmasters Association's Marching Band Committee. 
Chris' professional affiliations include the North Carolina Music Educators Association, NafME (National Association for Music Education), South Central District Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

Under his direction, Chris has led the marching band to numerous awards at various competitions throughout North and South Carolina. 

Other Staff Members

Jamey Hardesty, Brass

David Parker, Winds

Lennie Westmoreland, Show Designer

Zakia Ruffin, Color Guard

Sarah Holt, Color Guard