Josh Taylor is currently in his third year as orchestra director at Kingwood Park and seventh year of teaching overall. He grew up in McMinnville, TN, where he began his musical studies in the 6th grade on flute (orchestra wasn't an option!) before switching to trumpet in 7th grade. He was a member of the Warren County HS Pioneer Band and Drum Major. He graduated cum laude from Lee University in 2010; majoring in Music Education his private teachers were Stephen Plate - orchestra conducting, David Holsinger - composition, Philip Thomas - piano, Philip Morehead - trumpet, and Weiyi Cai Yu - violin. While at Lee he was a member of Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He thoroughly enjoyed staying busy with four years of 20+ credit hours per semester, multiple student worker jobs, music theory and aural skills tutoring, choir member at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and administrative assistant/assistant director for the Lee University Music Camp. Mr. Taylor student taught with Gary Wilkes, orchestra director at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - a premiere orchestral program in the state of Tennessee. He began teaching in South Dakota before coming back to Tennessee and teaching in his home town for two years and finally making the move to Texas in August of 2013. He spent one year at Ross Sterling MS as orchestra director where he received the first sweepstakes at UIL Contest for that program and created the very first Sterling MS Full Orchestra. Mr. Taylor was fortunate to make the move to Kingwood Park for the 2014-2015 school year and cannot be more happy! His time at KPark has been marked by consistent growth, multiple UIL Sweepstakes, more and more students receiving Superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Contest. Mr. Taylor teaches all four orchestra classes, AP Music Theory, after school full orchestra, and has started a volunteer group for community performances. For the 2016-2017 year he will also be head sponsor of Key Club. He is an active member of TMEA and frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator. He is a member of the choir and handbell choir at Kingwood Christian Church, and starting in the fall of 2016 a member of Strikepoint, Kingwood's premiere handbell choir. He currently resides in Kingwood with his two cats, Arvo and Alma.