Of course, schools are important in home buying decisions. Good schools help property values because schools are important to parents who want their kids safe and successful. And, they are important to the prosperity of communities as well.
This is a little different video than I usually do. It is not about real estate at all. In fact, this is a video about a good friend of mine who is retiring this year after an amazing career as the High School Band Director of Charleston County School of the Arts, Mr. Basil Kerr.
Charleston County and all three local school districts have excellent performing arts programs. But, the Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) , is truly the state’s flagship program for music, producing not only outstanding musicians but also top performing students, keeping SOA among the top schools in the state academically as well – usually in the top 2.
Basil Kerr has been extremely crucial to the success of this top-tier music program. His leadership and talent have made the SOA High School Band and the SOA Jazz Band household names among those who follow the news about great high school bands in the US. Many of his students have gone on to the highly prestigious music schools and even more are now professional musicians. And, of course, a major part of his legacy is the inspiration he has shared with students along the way. He is among the elite of band directors in the US. And, he is a great example of the level of personal commitment so many of our wonderful area educators give to our schools every day.
So, I want to extend my personal “Thank You” for his contributions to our community for so many years. I hope you enjoy this video – I have many, many more full performances by SOA bands online as well. I have been a fan for many years!
By the way, SOA has many performances open to the public - all well worth your visit.