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Mr. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. He began his teaching career in Kings Mountain, NC in 1976, completing a distinguished career and retiring in 2005. Mr. Cole has served as the Vice Chairman of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and recieved their "Award of Excellence" in 1992. Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame in November 2011. He is active as a guest adjudicator at Carowinds Festival of Music and presently teaches at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC.