Mr. Kevin A. Hayward, is in his twenty-seventh year with the Phoenix Union High School District. He has over thirty years of teaching at every level from beginners to University students and has been involved as an instructor in school music programs since 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University and a Master of Music Degree in Conducting (with distinction) from Northern Arizona University. Mr. Hayward worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Northern Arizona University in their band program and worked with groups including the Lumberjack Marching Band and the nationally recognized NAU Wind Symphony. In the 1992-1993 academic year, he was considered for an interim full-time faculty position at NAU, as Associate Director of Bands. Mr. Hayward is active as a composer, arranger, clinician, performer, private teacher, and adjudicator. He is also the has served as chairperson for the North-Central All-Region Honor Band and has served AMEA as Regional Governor. In 2005, he was honored with the George C. Wilson Leadership-Service Award by the Arizona Music Educators Association. He is a member of AMEA, ABODA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and was included in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who in America. For 6 years he served the AMEA board as the state chair for the music honor society Tri-M. Currently he is the Orchestra Conductor for the Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company.