Charles Dumas, conductor

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Grand strand's ceremonial brass band since 1998 

Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach

David Howard is the President of the Festive Brass and has been an integral part of the management of personnel, event programming, music selection, and creating musical arrangements that fit the group's instrumentation best. 

Dave is a retired veterinarian and has been involved in musical groups for more than 40 years. Dave is also a member of other local community bands and ensembles such as the Wilmington Symphonic Winds, the North Myrtle Beach Community Band, and the Beach Brass Quintet.

Contact Dave with any questions about the Festive Brass at 843-360-9446 or via email at

Charles Dumas has served as the Director of Bands at Myrtle Beach High School for the last seven years, where his duties also include Department Chair and Auditorium Manager.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BS and MA in Music Education, Mr. Dumas’ career as a music educator and director spans 25 years in North Carolina – 20 of which in public school classrooms, as well as five years at Methodist University as Director of Bands.

Mr. Dumas was chosen to co-direct the North Myrtle Beach Community Band in 2018, and since that time, the ensemble has seen growth in both performing members as well as audience attendance.  Along with the community band, he has been a frequent Guest Conductor with the Festive Brass over the last two seasons and is now looking forward to assuming the ensemble’s Musical Director position in January 2020.

When not directing, Mr. Dumas’ passions include golf, salt-water fishing, and listening to and performing in Jazz combos and big bands.  Mr. Dumas lives at the beach with his beautiful better half, Deanne, and two wonderful children, Evan and Elena.

Contact Charles with any questions about the Festive Brass at 910-273-8835 or via email at