James G. Daugherty currently serves as the Arts Education and Distance Learning Program Specialist for the Davidson County Schools and is Director of Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University. Prior to 2015, he served for 21 years as band director at Central Davidson High School, assisting daily with the instruction at Central Davidson Middle School.

With Davidson County Schools, he is responsible for assisting the Assistant Superintendent in developing and implementing all aspects of K-12 arts education. Recently, he has partnered with the Director of Federal Programs with the budgeting, implementation, and assessment of funds applicable to a well-rounded arts education as prescribed by ESSA, specifically funding through Title IV-A.

Daugherty’s educational background includes a B.M.E. and M.M.E. from Appalachian State University. He also holds certification in Educational Leadership/Administration from High Point University. Professional memberships include NAfME/NCMEA, ASBDA, the National Band Association, NC Bandmasters Association, NC Association of Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Eta Sigma.

In 1996 and 2013, Mr. Daugherty was named “Teacher of the Year” at Central Davidson and in 1997 for Davidson County Schools, a top three finalist for DCS “Teacher of the Year” again in 2013. He was featured in the February 2009 edition of Teaching Music (“Accentuate the Positive”) and listed in December 2009 as one of “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” in School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Job Position

Arts Education and Digital Learning Specialist


Davidson County Schools



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