is currently in his first year as Percussion Director at Summerville High School. Mr. Register oversees the school’s percussion section and assists with concert band instruction throughout the year.
Over his 35+ year career, Mr. Register has achieved a high level of success and earned an esteemed reputation within the marching arts industry and amongst his colleagues and his students.
Mr. Register’s diverse and well-rounded professional experience includes proficiency in the musical arts as both an educator and a performer, as well as business expertise as an entrepreneur. He also spent time in the military, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the USMC music program during that time.
In 1990, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina (USC), where he studied with the USC School of Music’s current Distinguished Professor Emeritus James A. Hall, Sr. While attending college, Mr. Register performed with USC’s symphonic band and percussion ensemble, and arranged percussion for The Carolina Band. He also performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia, South Carolina.
Also in 1990, Mr. Register became involved with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in Fort Mill, South Carolina, where he held various roles including Percussion Caption Head and Arranger, Program Coordinator, Staff Coordinator, and Director of Operations. His commitment to excellence helped propel the corps to win a Drum Corps International (DCI) Division II World Championship in 1993. The corps earned its first showing in DCI’s elite "Top 12" in 1995.
In 1997, Mr. Register became Director of Percussion at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina, where he developed the percussion program into a premier scholastic music education organization. Under his direction, the percussion ensemble became a two-time holder of the Winter Guard International Scholastic Concert World Championship.
In 2005, Mr. Register founded Marching Monk, a company that provides music, design and program coordination services for marching bands and all things in the marching arts. Mr. Register named the business after his beloved boxer, Monk, who was given to him by his percussion students in 2004. Although Monk passed away in 2016, the boxer continues to serve as the inspiration for the business and is recognized as an honorary member of Mr. Register’s percussion ensemble. Today, Mr. Register plays most often with his two younger boxers, Tucker and Ollie.