about the program:

The Merriwether Middle School Band program is comprised of 6th through 8th grade students and is separated into two performing ensembles. The Beginner Band, which is comprised primarily of 6th grade students, performs one concert per semester. The Honor Band, which is selected by invitation, represents MMS at state and local festivals. The Merriwether Band program was a recipient of the 2017-18 Outstanding Performance Award by the South Carolina Band Directors Association.






ZACHARY DOBBS is the band director at Merriwether Middle School. Mr. Dobbs is a native of South Carolina and his first instrument was the trombone. His love for band began when he first saw the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004. Mr. Dobbs studied trombone at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Brad Edwards then earned his Masters degree from Auburn University where he studied conducting with Dr. Rick Good. 

Zach is in his 6th year of teaching public school. In addition to teaching the students at MMS daily, he is the Assistant Director of Bands at Strom Thurmond High School.