Claire Bogdan is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. Over the years, Claire has been very involved with the Summer Symposium; as a camper in the drum major track for two years (2011-2012) and as a SWAG for the Drum Major Institute for three years (2013-2015). She attended the University of South Carolina (USC), where she was a drum major for the Mighty Sound of the Southeast for three years. Claire graduated from USC in 2017 attaining a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Performance Certificate in Oboe. Following her graduation Claire was the Band Director at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Florida, before moving back to South Carolina to become the Band Director at Dubose Middle School in Summerville the following year. Since the summer of 2019 Claire has been a freelance oboist, teaching and performing.