Ms. Melissa Martin
Melissa Martin is entering her 4th year as orchestra director at Lucy Beckham High School. She earned her Bachelor's of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and her Master's of Education; Emphasis in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Previously, Ms. Martin taught at Moultrie Middle School in Mt. Pleasant, SC
A native of Lexington, SC, Ms. Martin started playing the viola as a fifth grader in her school orchestra program. Prior to teaching in Charleston county, Ms. Martin taught eighteen years in Lexington District One.
Her performances include those with local bands, Augusta Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, SC Philharmonic and various chamber groups around Charleston.
Ms. Martin's orchestras receive superior ratings and awards at the SCMEA Concert Performance Assessment and other festivals in the Southeast region. Ms. Martin has been a guest conductor for the Lowcountry, Upstate and Midlands Region Orchestra. She has also been a guest artists and clinician for various arts programs around the state.
Ms. Martin has served as Secretary, Treasurer and All-State Chair for the Orchestra Division of the South Carolina Music Educators Association. She was selected as the 2008 Teacher of the Year at Lexington Middle School and named the 2013 SC Orchestra Teacher of the Year through the American String Teacher Association. Most recently, Ms. Martin was the guest conductor in 2019 for the Lexington One District Orchestra.
Ms. Martin lives in Mount Pleasant, SC and enjoys biking, paddle boarding,
kayaking and outdoor adventures with her family and friends.
DIRECTOR OF BandS
MS. Leslie Phillips
Director of choral activities
Mr. Brenten Weeks
Brenten M. Weeks serves as the Director of Choral Activities, Director of Colorguard (LBHS Marching Band), Adjunct Professor of Music and Conductor of the College of Charleston Gospel Choir (Charleston, SC), and the Co-Worship & Arts Leader at the Life Center Church (North Charleston, SC).
Mr. Weeks is an active educator, performer, conductor and clinician throughout the city, state and southern region working with diverse choirs ranging from concert choirs to gospel choirs. He is an active Tenor a part of the Dove Award Winning and Grammy Award Nominated Gospel Choir: Ricky Dillard and New “G” Generation. As a conductor, Mr. Weeks has collaborated with Grammy Award Winner CeCe Winans, Grammy Award Winner Chandler Moore from Maverick City Music, Stellar Award Nominee Gene Hoskins, and has appeared with the College of Charleston Gospel Choir on NBC Today’s Kathie Lee and Hoda show, The Colbert Report starring Stephen Colbert, and David Tutera’s My Great Big Live Wedding.
Mr. Weeks’ goal is to instill a sense of music appreciation, while at the same time educating students about the technical aspects of music, furthermore, how music is interdisciplinary and cross-curricular. In an attempt to expand students' interest; Mr. Weeks organizes field trips, integrates multicultural lessons, and incorporates a wide range of activities, manipulatives, and cooperative learning projects, introduces new concepts, fosters a fun learning environment, and helps students blossom into well rounded individuals.
Mr. Weeks’ professional affiliations include: Call Me MiSTER, National Educators Association, South Carolina Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, South Carolina American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, South Carolina Music Educators Association, National Collegiate Gospel Choir Union and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.