Meet Our Directors

Bobby Cotter, Director of Bands

Mr. Cotter is the Director of Bands at Boiling Springs High School. He is originally from Columbia, SC, but has resided all over the Southeast. Mr. Cotter attended The University of South Carolina and Louisiana State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Horn Performance. After 5 years in the U.S. Army, he attended Furman University from which he earned a Teaching Certificate.

From 2003-2005, Mr. Cotter was the 4th horn for the Carolina 

Philharmonic Orchestra in Columbia, SC. After moving to Baton Rouge to pursue a Master’s Degree, he joined the Baton Rouge Symphony as a regular substitute player. Upon completion of the degree, he joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, LA and began teaching at Southeast Louisiana University while beginning a Doctorate at LSU.

In 2009, Mr. Cotter joined the U.S. Army as a member of the 214th Army Band stationed at Ft. MacPherson, GA. In 2011, the band moved to Ft. Bragg, NC. While in the Army, Mr. Cotter headed several educational outreach programs, and organized concerts in addition to his duties as a horn player and travel coordinator.

Mr. Cotter came to Boiling Springs High School in 2017 from Hickory, NC and resides in Boiling Springs with his wife, Patricia, and their two dogs Samson and Delilah. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, and NAFME.

Gary Stroupe, Assistant Director of Bands



Gary Stroupe is the Assistant Director of Bands at Boiling Springs High School.  Mr Stroupe has twelve years of teaching experience in Music Education and has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  He has prepared band students for performances all across the Southeast, including the Mardi Gras Endymion Parade and the televised National Cherry Blossom Parade.   


Mr Stroupe graduated with a full college scholarship on Oboe from Gaffney High School, where "Papa" Cotter was his  Band Director!   He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina.  Mr Stroupe is an alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity.  While in high school and college Mr. Stroupe studied music with international conductors at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. 


In addition to his efforts in band, he has led Winter Percussion Ensembles to earn several SCBDA and CWEA Championship Awards.  He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Carolina Winter Ensemble Association’s Advisory Board, and the Association for Positive Behavior Supports.  He has led school-wide efforts, including student training and staff development, for Bullying Prevention and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. 


Mr Stroupe is a resident of Spartanburg County, where he enjoys lakeside living and spending time with his Pomeranian, Priscilla and three cats, Basil, Scar and Covi.  His hobbies include DIY home projects, playing video games, fishing and spending time outdoors.