Instrumental Director/Music Theory
Buck Palmer is a proud native of Austin, Texas, recently transplanted to New Jersey. Mr. Palmer attended Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education in 2012. He most recently attended Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas, and received a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2022, where he focused on culturally responsive educational research, pedagogy, and practices.
As a performer, Mr. Palmer was a member of both Crossmen and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, performing as a DCI finalist and champion from 2007 until 2009. Additionally, Mr. Palmer was a founding member of the West Percussion Group, and was a part of their premiere performance at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia in 2011.
Mr.Palmer also performed with the Waterloo Wind Band, Inside Out Steel band, and the pit orchestra at the Zach Scott Theatre from 2012 through 2016. He consistently performed as a percussionist for a variety of other groups in the Greater Austin and San Antonio area.
As an educator, Mr. Palmer worked in Austin ISD at Gorzycki Middle School and Charles Akins High School from 2012 until 2016. During his tenure in Austin ISD, his music ensembles earned many awards in the genres of concert band, jazz band, marching percussion, and chamber ensembles. Additionally, Mr. Palmer worked as a front ensemble tech and sound engineer for Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011 until 2015.
After marrying the love of his life in 2018, he moved to the Greater San Antonio area, where he worked in SCUCISD at Byron P. Steele II High School in Cibolo, Texas. Throughout his tenure at Steele High School, Mr. Palmer became an educational artist with Salyers Percussion, coordinated percussion for the TMEA All-State Bands multiple years, and consulted with other high schools in the Greater San Antonio area. His music ensembles earned numerous awards in the genres of concert band, percussion ensemble, marching band, and marching percussion from 2018 until 2023.
Mr. Palmer is excited to join an amazing team of music educators at Cherry Hill High School East, starting his twelfth year of teaching in public education.
Mr. Palmer enjoys spending his time with his amazing wife, son, and two dogs. His other hobbies include golf, disc golf, motorsports, and cooking Texas-style Barbecue and yummy breakfast tacos.