The youngest of six children, all deeply involved with music-making, Davaron Edwards has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember. Raised by a single working mother who, in her spare time, chaperoned many band trips, Davaron learned, through music and family, the importance of commitment, dedication, resilience, and love.
Davaron’s passion for music developed at Wayside Chapel Baptist Church, where he was an active member of the choir (tenor, then bass-baritone!), and Wilson High School, both in Florence, South Carolina. Davaron was involved in every possible high school ensemble and attributes his decision to become a music educator to his choir director, Mrs. Linda Gilliard-Johnson and his band director, Mr. Leon Harvey, who inspire him to this day. Like his mother, brother, and two cousins, he attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.
Davaron earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting in the studio of William Malambri from Winthrop University in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Arts in Conducting with Cynthia Johnston Turner at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. At UGA, he is a graduate teaching assistant and serves on the Graduate Student Association Council.
Davaron has ten years of varied secondary public school teaching experience in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA); College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA); and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc.