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.