Kris Manning, Co-Founder
Kris Manning Moved to Charleston, SC in 2011 from Connecticut. Her music background includes a Percussion Performance Degree from the University of Connecticut and Music Composition Studies from the Hartt School of Music.
From 1991 to 2006, Kris held various sales and sales management positions with multi-media companies including Meredith Corporation, Clear Channel Communications and CBS Radio. She also held senior-level positions at First National Supermarkets, a food retailer, and Bozzuto’s, Inc., a food distributor based in Cheshire, CT.
Kris has over 30 years’ playing experience in the music field and over 20 years’ experience in the business field. She currently teaches private music and art lessons on Daniel Island, SC. Kris is also an artist, www.feralcreative.com
Kris has an extensive background in creating events and marketing strategies to benefit non-profit organizations.
Some musical milestones include:
Kris is co owner of Black Tie Music Academy, a place where dynamic one-of-a-kind music instruction is offered to all ages and founder and co owner of A.R.T. The Academy of Rightbrain Technology.
Kris lives with her awesome husband and two strapping boys in Charleston, SC.
Braeden Kershner, Co-Founder
Braeden Kershner is a South Carolina native. After high school, Braeden enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the 2nd Marine Division Band in Camp Lejeune, NC.
After serving in the Marines, he attended Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC and earned a BS in Music Education.
He then earned his Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Some of the recognition Braeden has received for his drive, perserverance and musicianship include:
Braeden taught in the Charleston County public schools for five years and is also the Music Director of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and former Director of the Citadel Gospel Choir. He has taught private music lessons for 14 years and plays all of the instruments.
His professional affiliations include the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC), and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS).
Braeden is co owner of Black Tie Music Academy, a place where dynamic one-of-a-kind music instruction is offered to all ages and co owner of A.R.T. The Academy of Rightbrain Technology.
Braeden lives with his beautiful bride, young daughter and newborn son in Charleston, SC.
Because of the founder’s roots as musicians and business professionals, THE MUSIC BATTERY provides tightly controlled processes to ensure the highest level of service to our youth.
1. Our leadership team is comprised of experienced musicians and business professionals who manage and oversee every aspect of our operation.
2. We require that every youth that becomes a participant of THE MUSIC BATTERY is serious about participating through school studies, music and the development of their skills.
3. We partner with like-minded businesses who are invested in the success of our youth in their development.
We have a Board of Directors consisting of the following community leaders:
Tim Macon, Project Manager, SCRA
Robin Howard, Freelance Writer and Artist
John Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston
Lydia Cotton, Hispanic Liason in North Charleston and Executive at Art Pot
Braeden Kershner, Co-Founder of the Music Battery and Founder of Black Tie Music Academy
Kris MAnning, Co-Founder of the Music Battery and Co-Owner of Black Tie Music Academy