Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Music - Bridgewater College
MM in Wind Conducting - Winthrop University
National Board Certified Teacher
Mr. Chris White
Chris White is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. He attended Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, where he received the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, with honors, in 1997. He began his graduate studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to University Bands at Radford University, where he studied trumpet and conducting with Mark Camphouse. After moving to Charlotte, NC to begin his teaching career, he completed his graduate studies at Winthrop University as a student of Dr. Bill Malambri, where he earned the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree. He became a National Board Certified teacher in 2006.
Mr. White has been the Director of Bands at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, NC since the school opened in the fall of 2007. Mr. White’s duties at Hickory Ridge include overseeing a comprehensive band program which consists of Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Musical Pit Orchestra, winter guard, several small ensembles, and Advanced Placement Music Theory.
Under his direction, ensembles at Hickory Ridge consistently receive superior ratings at marching, concert, jazz, and solo festivals. The Hickory Ridge Blue Regiment has twice performed in the prestigious London New Year’s Day Parade, in 2009 and 2016. The Hickory Ridge Wind Ensemble participated in a 10-day performance tour of China in March 2018 at the invitation of the US-China Cultural and Educational Foundation, where they presented a series of public concerts in Shanghai, Shaoxin, Hangzhou, Jiaxin, and Beijing. In addition, over the past ten years, Mr. White’s concert ensembles have performed in Washington, D.C., New York, Orlando, and New Orleans. Mr. White’s students consistently participate in county, district, state, and collegiate honor band clinics. Prior to Mr. White’s appointment at Hickory Ridge, he taught for six years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.
Mr. White was selected as Hickory Ridge High School Teacher of the Year in 2015, and was a top five finalist for Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year. He has previously received recognition as Charlotte-Mecklenburg New Band Director of the Year in 1999, the 2001 E.E. Waddell High School Teacher of the Year, and received the Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching. He has served as clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for many marching and concert events.
His professional memberships include the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the International Trumpet Guild. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Omicron Delta Kappa fraternities.