Mr. Bill Kidwell - Assistant Director of Bands
Bill 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.