A native of Charleston, SC, David holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music Education degree with a focus in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, David is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with a focus in Jazz Studies also from the University of Southern Mississippi.
At the University of Southern Mississippi, David served as a graduate assistant for both the university bands and jazz bands. As a graduate assistant for the jazz bands, he worked with Director of Jazz Studies, Mr. Larry Panella, directing the Jazz Lab Band II, coaching various jazz combos, performing in both the Jazz Lab I and the USM Jazz Sextet, and lecturing for jazz improvisation classes. His duties for the university bands included working with the marching band, the “Pride of Mississippi,” the concert ensembles, and guest lecturing for undergraduate conducting and music education classes.
David most recently served as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Cane Bay High School located in Summerville, South Carolina. As a recipient of the 2015 Teacher of the Year, his duties included serving as the Chair for the Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Morale Committee for Berkeley County School District. Under his direction, his students and bands have earned numerous Superior ratings at various competitions and festivals. Carter also travels throughout the southeastern United States as an active jazz, contemporary, and classical musician and clinician.
Mr. Carter’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu. In his free time, he enjoys salsa dancing, walking around Downtown Charleston and playing with his puppies—Miles, Ella, Charlie, Abram, and Oscar.
Director of Education and Outreach
David W. Carter, Jr.
Janthina “Jan” Moorer is a native of New York, but spent most of her childhood in Summerville, South Carolina. After high school, Janthina moved to San Francisco, California and studied Photography earning a BFA at the Academy of Art University. She also earned her MBA from Colorado Technical University. Past experience includes working at a Portrait Studio and an Art Gallery, before coming to the Leonard School of Music in 2010, which merged with Charleston Jazz in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys listening to her favorite artist, Michael Jackson, and spending time with her husband, Shaun, and their two children, De and Kennedy.