KERRY TAYLOR – Music Director and Conductor
Kerry Taylor currently serves as Director of Bands for Westlake High School. He is also the Fine Arts Director for Eanes Independent School District. Mr. Taylor is in his 33rd year as a band director in Texas public schools; five years in Katy ISD and 28 in Eanes ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters of Music degree in Applied Conducting, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Taylor is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas and across the US. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association in many positions including Chairman of the Band Division (2002-2004) and as President (2005-2006) of the 10,000+ member organization. His other professional memberships include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001 Mr Taylor was elected to the membership of the American Bandmasters Association. Mr. Taylor currently serves as co-chair of the ABA Foundation’s Sousa-Ostwald Award for wind band compositions.
Under Mr. Taylor’s direction, the Westlake High School Band has been named “Best in Class” or “Runner-up” at the Buccaneer Music Festival, South Coast Music Festival, MusicFest (Orlando, FL) and the DC Festival in San Antonio. The Westlake Band has made concert tours to the Pacific Northwest, Canada, the British Isles and Western Europe. Under his direction, the Westlake Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2002 and 2013 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association on March 4, 2006 and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles on July 8, 2009. In 1997, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Westlake Band with the Sudler Flag of Honor recognizing excellence in the concert band program over an extended period of time.