Bill Kite, Director



William C. Kite, currently in his eleventh year at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY serves in his seventh year as Director of Bands. His duties include overseeing the Henry Clay Band program consisting of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz Band, Pep Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Steel Band. In addition to his duties at Henry Clay High School, he assists Dr. Sherry Baker with the Crawford Middle School band and Ms. Lois Wiggins with the band program at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands at Henry Clay High School in the summer of 2009, Mr. Kite spent one year at Beaumont Middle School serving as Associate Director of Bands. His responsibilities included assisting in the direction of the jazz band, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands while directing the 5th grade band at Rosa Parks Elementary School. Previously, he spent four years (2004-2008) at Henry Clay High School and Morton Middle School, serving as Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of Bands. Mr. Kite directed the Jazz Ensemble, Lab Band, and Concert Band at Henry Clay High School in addition to assisting in the direction of the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Pep Bands. He also aided in the direction of the 6th Grade Advanced Band and the 7th Grade Band at Morton Middle School. In 2002 through 2004, Mr. Kite spent two years at Meade County High School in Brandenburg, Kentucky, where he taught numerous general music classes, directed the Jazz Ensemble, and served as an assistant for the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Pep Bands.

Under Mr. Kite’s direction, the Henry Clay Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band receive consistent distinguished ratings at National and KMEA Concert Band Assessments and Festivals. The Wind Ensemble was selected and performed at the 2013 KMEA In-Service Conference and the 2010 UK High School Band Invitational Concert. The Henry Clay High School Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2007, 2011, and 2016 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Conferences and has received numerous invitations for public performances. The Henry Clay Marching Band was a Bands of America Regional Finalist in 2012 and 2013 and is currently a 7 time KMEA class 5A semifinalist and recently appeared at the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis.

Mr. Kite earned a Master of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2012. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He studied trombone at UK and his experience includes performing and recording with a variety of professional and community ensembles around the state of Kentucky including the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO), the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra (KJRO), Men of Note Jazz Orchestra, Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA), People’s Choice Band, Lexington Community Orchestra, Lexington Brass Band, and the Capital City Community Band. He is also active as a guest conductor and adjudicator serving in local and statewide auditions as well as a variety of solo and ensemble festivals, honor bands, and clinic assessments.

Mr. Kite is a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA). He served for two years as the KMEA All-State Jazz Chair and Coordinator and several years as District 7 Jazz Chair. He is currently working as the KMEA Jazz Assessment Manager. Mr. Kite recently was awarded the honor of 2012 KMEA District 7 High School Teacher of Year. A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, he lives with wife April, sons Will and Luke, and daughter Ella in Lexington, Kentucky.