Basil Kerr

The Interim Director of Bands for Charleston County School of the Arts High School


Basil Kerr is in his fifth year as the conductor of the Charleston Concert Band.

A native of Charleston, Mr. Kerr graduated from Bishop England High School; earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami; and a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of South Carolina.  He has completed his doctoral studies at USC.  As a performer on the French horn, Kerr has performed the with the Miami Philharmonic, the Ives Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic and the North Charleston Pops.

From 1977-1995 Kerr was the band director at Wando High School, building a program that continues its successful run today. In 1998, he became the high school band director at the Charleston County School of the Arts . Until his retirement in 2018 the SOA Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble have been recognized as among the finest programs in the nation.

Mr. Kerr holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Association of Concert Bands, The American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu National Bandmasters Fraternity, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.