Brandon Armstrong

Director of Bands, Irmo High School

Mr. Brandon Armstrong hails from Fort Mill, SC. He earned a Masters of Music in Education from Central Washington University through the American Band College and a Bachelor of Music Education and a Performance Certificate in Clarinet from the University of South Carolina. 

Mr. Armstrong studied under the tutelage of Connie Akers, Joseph Eller, Robert Spring, and Robert Chesebro. He is honored to have previously served as the Director of Bands at Croatan High School in Newport, NC, Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, SC, and Lakeside Middle School in Lexington, SC.

Mr. Armstrong currently resides in West Columbia with his wife Kendall, daughter Meredith, and dog Bravo. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outside, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and performing in community ensembles.

Michael Calamas

Asst. Director of Bands | Percussion Director

Irmo High School

From Columbia, South Carolina, Michael Calamas attended Irmo High School and earned his Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina.

During his time at the University of South Carolina, Calamas studied under percussion professor Dr. Scott Herring as well as composition professor Dr. John Fitz Rogers. He was a member of the Carolina Band, performed with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra. Michael was also a performing member of the world class Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown.

Also during his time at USC, Calamas was a percussion technician for multiple years at  Great Falls High School, White Knoll High School, as well as Irmo High School. In addition to working with the percussion section at Irmo, Michael began writing the percussion score for competitive marching band use each year, from 2019 to present.

Lorrie Miller Turner

Director of Bands, Irmo Middle School

Lorrie Miller Turner is currently serving her 7th year as the Director of Bands at Irmo Middle School in Columbia, SC. Prior to this appointment, she served 14 years as Director of Bands at CrossRoads Middle and 11 years as the Director of Bands at Gilbert Middle School. 

Her roots with the Bands of Irmo go back more than 30 years as a clinician, and a teacher. Her bands have received consistent Superior Ratings at SCBDA events throughout her career. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Performance Certificate in Flute from the University of South Carolina in 1988. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in 1990 where she served as a Graduate Assistant with the Carolina Band under James Copenhaver. A former student of Constance Lane, she was the 1986 winner of the USC Concerto-Aria competition.

In addition to her duties as a full-time band director, she maintains a private flute studio of at least twenty students per year. Her students have qualified for the SCBDA Region and All-State Bands as well as The Bands of America National Honor Band. Her students have won competitions such as the South Carolina Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the Lake Murray Symphony Concerto Competition, SCMEA Master Recital Finalists, and Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars. Ms Turner is the Symphonic Band director of the Tri-District Arts Consortium and has served as a conductor at various region bands and band clinics. She has performed with Palmetto Concert Band, Carolina Wind Symphony as well as many freelance gigs in the Columbia area.