It’s official: Patel named director of bands at Fort Mill High

The Fort Mill High School Marching Band performs at Appalachia State. (Photo courtesy of Fort Mill School District)

FORT MILL — After serving as Interim Director of Bands at Fort Mill High School, Ren Patel has been appointed director on a permenant basis, the school announced.


Patel took over the program as interim director after former Director John Pruitt went on medical leave and subsequently retired. Patel completed his student teaching with John Pruitt in 2011 while finishing his music education degree at Winthrop University. After serving as a band director in Cherokee and Greenville Counties, he returned to Fort Mill High in the summer of 2014. 

He is an accomplished bassoonist and has been the principal music arranger for the FMHS marching band since 2017.  He also composes and arranges music for other bands in the Carolinas.

Photo courtesy of Fort Mill School District.

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