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Jerry Gatch

Jerry Gatch

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands

Office: AMC 109

Office Phone: 803-321-5180



Ph.D. | University of South Carolina (2017)

D.M.A. | University of South Carolina (2005)

M.M. | University of South Carolina (1987)

B.M.E. | University of South Carolina (1985)


Jerry Gatch worked for twenty-nine years as a public school music educator in South Carolina. Dr. Gatch is active as an adjudicator, clinician, arranger, and performer. He spent twenty years as Director of Bands at Lexington High School (SC) where his bands achieved a national reputation for excellence. Additionally, he was the conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for twelve years. Dr. Gatch has served as a judge and guest conductor for numerous contests, festivals, clinics and camps throughout the country. He is a free-lance performer bass and is an active composer and arranger.


Dr. Gatch has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence seven times and was elected to the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s BandWorld Legion of Honor. He was inducted into the South Carolina Band Directors Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dr. Gatch’s professional affiliations include SCBDA, SCMEA, CBDNA, NAfME, NBA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. 

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