O'Shae Best started his musical journey in Laurinburg, NC as a trumpet player in the Spring Hill Middle School Band (NC). Once he entered high school, he was able to learn how to play the euphonium under the guidance of four supportive band directors throughout high school (James Cook, CW2 Daniel Parker, Dr. Mark Doerffel, and Justin Hammonds).
Upon graduation, O'Shae attended East Carolina University, where he began as a chemistry major before changing to music education after one semester around the wonderful colleagues he met through the School of Music. While at ECU, O'Shae was a member of various performing ensembles, including the ECU Wind Ensemble (Euphonium), ECU Symphonic Band (Euphonium/Bass Trombone), ECU Marching Pirates (Baritone) and had the pleasure of performing with a ECU student brass quintet for Governor McCrory at the 300th celebration of Edenton, NC. O'Shae graduated from East Carolina in 2014 with a B.M. in Music Education.
Post graduation, O'Shae accepted a position at Bessemer City Middle School in Bessemer City, NC to be the new Band Director! O'Shae directed the instrumental music and a program that consisted of three grade level based band classes of around 110 students total. Throughout his tenure at BC Middle, O'Shae was able to take a combination of the 7th/8th grade band to the Music Performance Adjudication where the group received a Superior rating in grade I/II. The band program retention rate was consistently at 85%, with students even wanting to join after their first year of middle school.
After three years of middle school teaching, O'Shae was accepted with full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UW Band department while pursuing his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting with Professor Scott Teeple. While at UW, O'Shae had the ability to work with the members of the UW Wind Ensemble, UW Concert Band, UW Marching Band, UW Thursday University Band (non-major ensemble), UW Low Brass Ensemble, and other chamber ensembles. Along with studying wind conducting, he studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Chad Hutchinson, euphonium with Dr. Tom Curry, and trombone with Professor Mark Hetzler.
O'Shae is currently the Director of Bands at Crestdale Middle School in Matthews, North Carolina. The Crestdale Band has a long history of being a Superior instrumental music program within the South Central District Band Association (SCDBA) and the state of NC. Since 2000, the Crestdale Band program has received the rating of "Superior" every year at the annual Music Performance Adjudication (MPA). That streak continued in 2020 and 2022 under the director of O'Shae Best. Crestdale Band offers homogenous based classes for 6th grade, and heterogenous classes for 7th and 8th grade, with an average of 120-180 students in the band program yearly.
Outside of his many musical outlets, O'Shae enjoys traveling to new places domestically, trying new foods and exploring nature. Recently, he has taking up learning how to kayak on the lakes of Wisconsin. An non-serious volleyball player, O'Shae plays sand volleyball and is the owner of a sweet black and white short hair cat named Jackson.
O'Shae is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association (NBA), North Carolina Bandmasters Association (NCBA), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), Wisconsin Alumni Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.