Staff Biographies

Scotty WalkerScotty Walker is in his eighteenth year of teaching instrumental music at Lafayette High School. He received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. During his tenure at Lafayette High, the Symphonic band has performed on some of the most prestigious concert stages in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Murat Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2008, the marching band was selected as a finalist band at the Bands of America Grand national Championships the first time in attendance.  He has received the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" award for performing in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and in the All South Conductors Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi. He actively serves as clinician and adjudicator throughout the South.

Mr. Walker has performed in many ensembles in the Acadiana area including the Acadiana Symphony, Acadiana Pops Orchestra, Rapides Symphony, Biloxi Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and the Acadian Wind Symphony. He has also performed as a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard Band in Bossier City. Mr. Walker has received the "Excellence in Education" award given by the Acadian Arts Council in 2000, was a featured director in "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" sponsored by School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and honored by receiving the Louisiana Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2002 and 2009 by the Phi Beta Mu honorary music fraternity. His professional affiliations include the Louisiana Association of Educators, Music Educators National Conference, Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu.  He currently serves as President of the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

Ronnie GleasonRonnie Gleason is in his thirteenth year of teaching instrumental music, and the 2006-2007 was his first at Lafayette High School. Mr. Gleason received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1993. He was the Director of Bands at Rayne High School, 1994-1995; Delcambre High School, 1995-1996; and Carencro High School, 1996-2002. Most recently he was the Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at Saint Thomas More Catholic High School, 2002-2006. In 2003 his marching band became the first band from Louisiana to compete in the Bands of America Grand National Championship. Over his teaching career Mr. Gleason’s bands have consistently received superior ratings in marching, concert and jazz festivals at local, state and national events.

Mr. Gleason has performed with many ensembles over the years including the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Acadian Wind Symphony, Louisiana Saxophone Quartet and the Skyliner’s Big Band. His professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Art Kilchrist Art Kilchrist is a native of Lafayette Louisiana, and graduated from Acadiana High School in 1986. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in General Studies and a bachelor's degree in the College of Education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. After moving to Pensacola, Florida, he was accepted to the faculty of Tate High School where he taught social studies and was Visual Consultant for the "Tate Show Band of the South." Upon returning to Louisiana he taught American History at Jeannerette Middle School. Currently, he is a member of the Lafayette High School faculty where he teaches American History and is in his 9th year as Visual Coordinator and Color Guard Director for the Mighty Lion Band.

With 16 years experience teaching band and color guard he has assisted the Nouveau Winter Guard of Houston Texas ( 1993 WGI Independent A World Champions), Tate High School "Chaparrals" of Gonzalez Florida ( 1989 WGI Scholastic World Champions and consistent finalists) and Zydeco Winter Guard of Baton Rouge Louisiana (1994 WGI Houston Regional Independent A Champions). Locally, he has coordinated and instructed color guard programs at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Denham Springs High School, Delcambre High School, North Vermillion High School, Northside High School, Carencro High School, Beau Chene High School, Ouachita High School, West Monroe High School, Crowley High School, Franklin High School, Acadiana High School, St. Amant High School, Jennings High School, Rayne High School, Iota High School, New Iberia High School and Perkinston Jr. College in Mississippi.

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