Dr. Chesley Black
Dr. Chesley Black
Student Leadership Program & Media Director


Dr. Chesley Black is the Student Leadership Program & Media Director of the UNC Charlotte "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band. While an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, Dr. Black served as Head Drum Major of the ECU Marching Pirates for several years. He has 22 years of experience teaching drum majors at the high school, university, and drum corps level and has been involved with the marching band activity for a total of 26 years. Dr. Black is also an active clinician and adjudicator for several programs and competitions.

Dr. Black also serves as the Drum Major Instructor of the North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” in Lincolnton, North Carolina (2003-present). He also served as the Drum Major Instructor of the East Carolina University "Marching Pirates" (2009-2014) and the East Lincoln High School "Mustang Band" in Denver, North Carolina (1999-2003, 2010-2014).

Dr. Black received his doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He also received a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Improvement, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and a Certificate in Business and Technical Communication from East Carolina University.

Aside from his active band schedule, Dr. Black is also the Executive Director of Corporate Campus Operations at Sealed Air Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina.