James Daugherty

  • Program of Study: B.M.E. (1993) M.M.E. (1994)
  • Current Residence: Lexington, NC
  • Current Occupation: Director of Bands
  • Recent performances, publications, awards: James G. Daugherty ("Mr. D") is currently in his nineteenth year as the band director and instructor of music theory at Central Davidson High School. In 1996, he was named "Teacher of the Year" at Central Davidson High School and in 1997 for the Davidson County Schools. Currently, Mr. Daugherty is the President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and is immediate past chairman of the Northwest North Carolina Bandmasters Association. He was the "Award of Excellence" recipient for the Northwest North Carolina Bandmasters Association in February of 2007. Mr. Daugherty was featured in the February 2009 edition of Teaching Music (a publication of the National Association for Music Education) in an article entitled "Accentuate the Positive" and was also listed in December 2009 as one of "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" in the School Band and Orchestra Magazine.
  • What did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? The ability to make real-world and life-long connections and collaborations as a music educator set the stage for extraordinary teaching and learning. The interaction and "beyond the classroom" approach taken by the Hayes School of Music faculty accentuate their desire to prepare regionally and globally competitive musicians who teach, perform, and practice the art of music. In the end, one of the most valuable lessons we all want to take away from our collegiate experience is the ability to "call home" when we're on our own. Not only do I know I can call home, I still feel at home with every visit back to Appalachian and the Hayes School of Music.