David Holley - Director

Mr. David L. Holley currently lives in Chesterfield County with his wife Chrissie, their daughter Ruby, and their crazy dog Furrgie. He was born in Charlottesville and later moved with his family to Danville, VA. Upon his graduation from Tunstall High School he attended Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education. During his senior year, Mr. Holley served as a staff assistant for the Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech. He also was hired as the primary percussion arranger for the Marching Virginians, a position he held for 10 years. Mr. Holley recently completed his Masters of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a specialization in Music Education.

Prior to joining the faculty at Cosby H.S. Mr. Holley most recently taught at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA in the Chesterfield County Specialty Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. At Thomas Dale, Mr. Holley served as the Specialty Center Coordinator for the Performing Arts, Department Chair for the Fine and Performing Arts Department, director of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Knights, and Percussion Ensemble. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Holley’s groups have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings at local band festivals and in national competitions in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Orlando.

Mr. Holley began his teaching career at Giles High School in Pearisburg, VA. In addition to teaching the Symphonic Band and Concert Band classes at the high school, he also taught beginning band at the two middle schools in the Giles High School feeder pattern.

Following his teaching experience in Giles he moved to Chatham High School in Chatham, VA where he taught the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Beginning Band, Exploratory Music, and Chorus for three years.

Mr. Holley was hired at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, VA, in 2000. As a teacher at Meadowbrook he was responsible for the Roaring Regiment, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and music theory courses. While at Meadowbrook his band was selected to perform for Governor Mark Warner at the Pocahantas Expressway Opening Ceremonies. In 2005, Mr. Holley was honored as Meadowbrook High School’s Teacher of the Year.

Aside from his teaching experience, Mr. Holley has served as a judge for the Virginia State Marching Band Assessment and the Virginia State Concert Band Assessment. He has also been hired as a drill designer, percussion arranger, percussion instructor and adjudicator for numerous high schools. He is a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

Honors and Activities

  • 8-Time Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band Director
  • Guest Conductor, Pittsylvania County All-County Band
  • Guest Conductor, Chesterfield County All-County Middle School Band
  • Teacher of the Year, Meadowbrook High School, 2005
  • Multiple nominations in Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • International Baccalaureate Workshop for Music Educators, Houston, TX
  • Member of Fine Arts Advisory Council, Pittsylvania County School Board Office
  • Member of 1991 DCI Finalist Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Member of Faculty Advisory Committee, Chatham High School
  • Junior Beta Club Sponsor, Chatham High School
  • Co-founder of peer counseling program, Giles High School
  • Co-sponsor of S.M.A.R.T.T., Drug and Alcohol free program, Giles High School
  • Performed in Pulitzer nominated Requiem by Jon Polifrone
  • Principal percussionist, Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Soloist, Virginia Tech University Marimba Ensemble
  • Senior Staff Assistant, Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech
  • Junior Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach, Chatham High School

Mr. Holley can be reached at David_Holley@ccpsnet.net .