|Richard Holmes received his Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University in 1989 and his Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University in 2000. He is currently in his his twenty-seventh year of teaching. Mr. Holmes is currently the Director of Bands at Southwest Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Some of Mr. Holmes' professional affiliations include, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, American School Band Directors Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, South Central District Bandmasters Association. Mr. Holmes is currently serving as Treasurer and Webmaster for the South Central District and as the Immediate Past President for the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is a Past President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. Some Mr. Holmes’ personal honors include receiving the 2004 Award of Excellence from the South Central District, being recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 from nominations of former students. Mr. Holmes has also served as a clinician for several All-County Honor Bands in North Carolina. He has also served as a judge for marching band contests and concert band festivals in North Carolina and Virginia.