Derek Deakins is a fiddler, violinist, guitarist, and orchestra conductor originally from Kingsport, Tennessee.
Derek graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education, and he also holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Most recently, Derek has enjoyed working as Director of Orchestras at Summerville High School and DuBose Middle School. He is excited to return to Wando High School where he previously worked as Director of Orchestras and pioneered the guitar program and Advanced Placement Music Theory program.
When Derek is not teaching, you might find him performing bluegrass music with bands throughout the Lowcountry or strolling the streets of downtown Charleston with his wife, Lisa. Visit www.derekdeakins.com for more information.