Leitchfield, Kentucky – Chad Pence, a beloved low brass educator and native of Leitchfield, Kentucky, passed away, leaving behind a profound impact on the music community. Throughout his career, Chad held various influential positions in different marching bands and drum corps, inspiring countless musicians with his talent and dedication.
Chad Pence served as the former Brass Caption Head at the esteemed Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, where he played a crucial role in shaping the brass section’s excellence. He also served as the Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School and as the Associate Director of Bands at Fort Mill High School, leaving a lasting impression on students and colleagues alike.
With a passion for teaching, Chad was also a former teacher at the Boston Crusaders and held the position of Brass Caption Head at the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. His expertise and guidance as a Brass Instructor at Cadets helped nurture the musical abilities of many young musicians. Additionally, Chad’s contributions as the Interim Assistant Band Director at James F. Byrnes High School and as the Band Director at Lost Mountain Middle School showcased his commitment to music education at all levels.
Chad Pence pursued his studies in Music Education at the University of Kentucky and received his education at Grayson County High School. His dedication to music and his ability to inspire and motivate others were truly remarkable, leaving an indelible mark on those who had the privilege of working with him.
One individual reflects on their personal connection with Chad, expressing their deep appreciation for his instruction and mentorship. They describe how their interest in music transformed into an obsession, thanks to Chad’s underrated ability to instruct and motivate. The memories of their conversations and the profound impact Chad had on their musical journey will forever be cherished. Their heartfelt gratitude and sincere condolences serve as a tribute to the exceptional person Chad Pence was.
Chad Pence’s approach to music was characterized by a soft, passionate, and melancholic style, which elevated any ensemble he led to extraordinary heights. From conducting along to music on the front of the bus during high school to recognizing their potential as a brilliant musician, Chad’s influence stayed with this individual throughout their life.
The loss of Chad Pence is felt deeply within the music community, as many individuals mourn the passing of a remarkable teacher, mentor, and friend. His legacy as an exceptional educator and musician will continue to resonate, and the sorrow felt by those who knew him is a testament to the profound impact he made.
In honor of Chad Pence’s memory, let us remember his words of wisdom: “Breathe, Dah, and play it right!” May he rest in peace.
Chad Pence Obituary