The Charleston Community Band


Basil Kerr, native Charlestonian, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami. He received the M. M. from University of South Carolina and completed his doctoral studies at USC.

As a French Horn performer, Mr. Kerr performed with the Miami Philharmonic, the Ives Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic.  He has also performed at the Spoleto Festival with the Charleston Symphony Woodwind Quintet.  Mr. Kerr is also recognized as a conductor and adjudicator, serving as a clinician and conductor for band clinics in North and South Carolina. He has conducted the pit orchestra for every SOA musical since 1999.

Mr. Kerr is currently the High School Band Director of the Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA). Under his direction, the SOA band department has received national recognition, including an invitation to the prestigious National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.  The SOA Wind Ensemble has been recognized as one of the finest school bands in the state, receiving numerous “Superior” ratings at state and national events, including “Outstanding Woodwinds” at the 2008 National Adjudicators Invitational.  The SOA Jazz Ensemble has been recognized as the best jazz program in the state. More SOA students have been selected to the SC All-State Jazz Ensemble than any other program in the state for the past 5 years.

Mr. Kerr has also been recognized as a music theory teacher.  In 2005, the College Board identified the SOA Music Theory class as the strongest in the world because it has the highest success rate among schools of similar size from around the globe.

Basil Kerr’s wife, Cindy, is also a band director at College Park Middle School.  They have a son, Jonathan, who enjoys baseball, and assists in conducting his parents’ ensembles.





Susan P. DuPuis has enjoyed playing trumpet with the Charleston Community Band since 1989 and has served as Assistant Director since 2007. A Graduate of Furman University, she studied trumpet with Richard Steffen and earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Mrs. DuPuis is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Cario Middle School and has previously served as director of bands at St. Andrew's High School and at C. E. Williams Middle School in Charleston. Susan is married to W. Scot DuPuis. They have two sons, Drew and Peter.