Mr. Joseph Craig - Director of Bands

Mr. Joseph CraigJoe Craig joined the Ryle High School Music Faculty in the summer of 2017 as Director of Bands. Prior to this Mr. Craig worked at Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell Ky, where he served as the Associate Director of Band form 2006-2008 and the Director of Bands from 2009-20017.  During Mr. Craig’s tenure, the Beechwood marching band was an 11-time KMEA State Finalist, a 7-time KMEA State Champion, a 5-time BOA National Semi-Finalist, and a 2-time BOA Class A National Champion. The Beechwood Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2010 KMEA Conference. This is the first group in Beechwood history to achieve this prestigious honor.

Mr. Craig served as the Band Chair for KMEA District 6, as well as the President of the Northern Kentucky Band Directors Association from 2014-2016. From 2011-2013 Mr. Craig was the Jazz Chair for KMEA, which oversees all jazz activities at the KMEA conference, including the All State Jazz Ensembles. In 2007, 2011, and 2015, Mr. Craig was awarded the “Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence” by the National Band Association.  Mr. Craig was awarded the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Band Director for the state of Kentucky in February of 2014. Most recently, the Cincinnati Arts Foundation selected Mr. Craig as a finalist for the 2016 Overture Awards Outstanding Arts Educator Award.

Mr. Craig received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Kentucky University and his Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Craig has performed with the Cincinnati “Pops” Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony, the CCM Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, the NKU Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble, and numerous local professional ensembles. During his collegiate career, Mr. Craig was a featured soloist at NKU and CCM, full scholarship recipient at both NKU and CCM, and a concerto competition winner. Mr. Craig also performed and competed at the 2002 and 2006 North American Saxophone Alliance conferences.  Mr. Craig is a Northern Kentucky native, and a graduate of Scott High School in Taylor Mill.

Mr. Adam Proctor - Associate Director of Bands

Mr. Adam ProctorAdam Proctor joined the Larry A. Ryle High School music faculty in the summer of 2017 as Associate Director of Bands. Prior to this, Mr. Proctor served as the Associate Director of Bands at Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell, KY from 2009-2017.  At Beechwood, Mr. Proctor directed the 5th, 7th and 8th grade instrumental programs as well as the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and the “Beechwood Music Academy”. Under Mr. Proctor’s direction, the Middle School Bands received distinguished ratings at the KMEA Concert Festival each year. Mr. Proctor’s work with the marching band focused on the visual side of the program, overseeing the marching technique and drill design.  During Mr. Proctor’s time at Beechwood, the marching band was a KMEA State Finalist every year, a Class “A” State Champion six times, and a Class “A” BOA National Champion in 2011.

Mr. Proctor received his Bachelor’s in Music Education and his Masters in Education from Northern Kentucky University.  While at NKU he participated in numerous performances with the NKU Symphonic Winds as principal percussionist, as well as performances with the NKU Steel Band, Marimba Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Proctor is very active in music education in and around the area and has a great passion for developing students through music.  Mr. Proctor grew up in Northern Kentucky, is a graduate of Scott High School in Taylor Mill and currently resides in Union, Kentucky where he lives with his beautiful bride Stephanie and two daughters, Eden and Emerson.

Mr. Bill Kidwell - Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Bill KidwellBill Kidwell is the director of bands at Gayle H. Gray Middle School in Union, Kentucky where he has served since 2001. Prior to GMS, he taught at Ludlow High School and Woodland Middle School in Northern Kentucky. Mr. Kidwell holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Kentucky University.

Under his direction, the Gray Middle School Bands have grown in size and achievements. The concert bands have received distinguished ratings at the Northern Kentucky Concert Band Festival every year since taking over, and have been named exemplary performance ensemble four of the past five years.

The GMS JAZZ ensemble began in 2003 and was one of very few middle school jazz ensembles at the time. Since 2003, they have annually received distinguished ratings at Festival in the Parks and the Northern Kentucky Jazz Festival. In addition, they have been named the top middle school jazz ensemble at the Northern Kentucky Jazz Festival every year but one since its inception.

Mr. Kidwell has held the office of Vice President and Secretary of the KMEA District 6, and is currently serving as President of that district. He has served on numerous committees including marching band board of control and select band committee.

Mr. Kidwell was named district 6 middle school teacher of the year in 2010.

Mr. Kidwell is a member of the KMEA and MENC.

Mr. Kidwell resides in Union with his wife, Lisa, and two boys Tyler and Kyle.