Originally from North Carolina, Dustin King is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. At WCU he served in leadership positions for the 2009 Sudler Trophy recipient “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band under the direction of Bob Buckner. While a member of this organization, Mr. King served as the alto saxophone section leader and the woodwind coordinator. Mr. King was the principal saxophonist for the WCU Wind Ensemble and was involved in saxophone quartets. In 2010 he was recipient of the distinguished Maxie Beaver Excellence in Music Education award given by the WCU School of Music. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. King served as a student conductor with the WCU Symphony Band and a guest saxophonist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
In the fall of 2010, Mr. King began a graduate assistantship with the University of South Carolina Band. He worked extensively with the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Marching Band and the USC Symphonic Winds. A student of Dr. Clifford Leaman, Mr. King was involved in the USC Saxophone Choir and leader of the freshman saxophone quartet. In May 2012, Mr. King received his Master’s of Music Education degree.
Upon completing his graduate work, Mr. King accepted the position as Director of Bands at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band under his leadership has received numerous awards including: 2nd & 3rd place finishes at the SCBDA State Marching Band Championships, 3rd place winterguard finish at the SCBDA Winterguard Championships, Superior ratings at the SC Concert Performance Assessment, and the Outstanding Performance Award. In addition to these accolades, the BLHS Panther Band was one of sixteen American marching bands to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2015.
In June 2016, Mr. King began his tenure as Ridge View HS Director of Bands. While he is not leading the band, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, son Evan, and the family dog, Bentley.