Mr. Skellett attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where he graduated Suma cum Laude with a Bachelorâ€™s of Music Education- Instrumental degree and a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance. While at Winthrop, Mr. Skellett studied percussion with Dr. B. Michael Williams and Dr. Jason Nicholson and was active in many ensembles including: Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, African Drumming Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Collegium Musicum, and the Olde English Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Skellett is currently in his 5th year as Director of Percussion Studies at Rock Hill High School, where students study all areas of percussion instruments. At Rock Hill, he is responsible for the percussion sections of the marching band and concert bands. Mr. Skellett also directs the indoor marching percussion ensemble and 2 concert percussion ensembles. In addition to his work at Rock Hill High, he teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Castle Heights and Sullivan Middle Schools. His percussion students have won numerous awards in marching band, indoor percussion, and solo and ensemble contests, as well as participation in all-region, all-state, and collegiate honor bands.
Mr. Skellett is also an active performer, private teacher, arranger, and adjudicator in North and South Carolina. His professional affiliations include: the South Carolina Band Directorâ€™s Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, MENC, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also the Communications officer for the South Carolina Percussive Arts Society chapter, a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team, and a member of the Florida Federation Judges Association.