Sean McBride, Director of Bands
Sean McBride has been the Director of Bands at South Effingham High School since 2004 and has taught in Effingham County since 1999. Under his direction, the South Effingham Band program has grown to over 175 students and offers three concert ensembles, two jazz bands, marching band, and a pep band. Under Mr. McBride’s direction, South Effingham ensembles have consistently received superior ratings and various awards at area and regional events. South Effingham band students have consistently placed into the Georgia Music Educators Association’s District I Honor Band and the All-State Band and Orchestra.
The South Effingham Wind Ensemble has won many accolades and awards since the school’s inception in 1996. The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University chose the Wind Ensemble as an Honor Band of Georgia in 2011. The Georgia State University School of Music chose the Wind Ensemble to participate in the Georgia Bands of Distinction Honor Clinic in February 2014. The SEHS Wind Ensemble was a featured guest performer at the University of Georgia’s January High School Band Festival in 2008 and 2013. In 2014, the SEHS Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association's In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia. In 2020, the SEHS Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at the Southeastern Music for All Concert Festival at Georgia State University.
Mr. McBride graduated with his Bachelor of Music Education in 1996 and Master of Music Education in 1999 from the University of Georgia. Mr. McBride graduated with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University in 2018. Mr.McBride studied conducting with Dr. John Culvahouse, H. Dwight Satterwhite, Dr. Pierce Arrant, and Mr. Mark Cedel. Mr. McBride studied trumpet with Dr. Edward Sandor and Dr. Moffatt Williams. Mr. McBride is very grateful to his first band directors, Mr. Duane Grewe and Mr. Bill Toovey, for their hard work, dedication, and love of music and students.
Mr. McBride has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator around the state of Georgia. Mr. McBride serves as a GMEA District I Band Chairperson as well as organizer for All-State auditions and the 11-12 Honor Band. Mr. McBride is a Member of the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Delta Pi. Mr. McBride received the National Band Association Citation Excellence 2008, 2013, and twice in 2014. Mr.McBride has been named a Savannah Morning News Teacher of Excellence in 2006, 2007, and 2011, and he was named WTOC Top Teacher in 2018. Mr.McBride lives with his wife, Melissa, and their sons, Alex and Patrick, in Rincon, Georgia.