Ocie S. Banks is a proud alumnus and product of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) where he serves as the Director of Choirs at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative & Performing Arts School. Previously, he was the Choral Director at Samuel Ogle Middle School and the Vocal & General Music teacher at Rosaryville Elementary School. Choirs under his direction continue to get Superior Ratings. He has served as an Assistant Director for the PGCPS Middle School Honors Chorus and is currently the lead middle school chorus and general music curriculum writer for PGCPS.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BME) from George Mason University. He received his Master of Music and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Choral Conducting from Messiah University. His Choral Music and conducting mentor is Dr. Lisa A. Billingham.

Ocie is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education. Ocie serves as the President-Elect of the Maryland/DC Chapter of ACDA and the Member-At-Large of the Maryland Choral Educators Association (MCEA).

He is an active choral, vocal, and sight-reading adjudicator and clinician. Banks is the CEO of OSB Music, LLC where he provides private voice lessons, music theory training, vocal health workshops, and more. He serves as the Executive Pastor of Gifted Church, Inc. Ocie is a passionate advocate for choral music at all levels and endeavors to always promote choral excellence in all that he does.

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“It’s not magic; it’s music!” (Ocie S. Banks)

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