Akeem Downs is a native of Duncan.
Downs is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School where he was a member of the award winning James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment Band.
Downs hold a Bachelor of music education from Winthrop University and a Masters of education from Southern Wesleyan University.
He has taught band in Spartanburg School District 1 and Dillon School District 4 before coming to Newberry High School.
Downs states, “My vision for the Newberry High School Band is to develop a well-disciplined band, and return the Newberry Band to a respectable band program.”