David A. O’Shields is a native of West Point, Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received both the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music Education degrees. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to USC, Dr. O’Shields served as Director of Bands and Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Meridian (MS) Public School District for seven years and as Director of Bands at New Hope HS (MS) for four years.
From 1995 until 2007, Dr. O’Shields’s served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. His duties at USC included conducting one of the fall wind ensembles and the USC Concert Band in addition to teaching undergraduate music education courses and graduate conducting courses. Dr. O’Shields also coordinated special events including the USC Band Clinic, the Governor’s All-Star Band and the USC Summer Music Camp. After serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for The Band Hall in Nashville, TN, Dr. O’Shields returned to South Carolina where he presently teaches at Lexington High School.
Dr. O’Shields is a three-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and has twice been named to Outstanding Young Men of America. In 2004, the Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, Professional Bandmasters Fraternity honored Dr. O’Shields as winner of the Founders Award for the Outstanding Bandmaster in South Carolina. Dr. O’Shields has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and is a former state chairman for the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association. He currently serves as Southeastern District Governor for Kappa Kappa Psi. Dr. O’Shields holds professional memberships in numerous organizations including the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu.
- Three-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence
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