In this interview, Janice will speak to Lois about best practices for middle school band from a Grammy nominated teacher!
Lois U. Wiggins, Band Director at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, has taught for 31 years in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Ms. Wiggins received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia, and a Rank I in Secondary Education from Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Wiggins is the past Kentucky Music Educators Association State Band Chair, as well as Band Content Area Leader for the Fayette County Public Schools and Team Leader for the Edythe J. Hayes Elective Team. She is a member and Associate Conductor of the Lexington Brass Band and Co-Conductor of the Central Kentucky Youth Repertory Orchestra.
She has guest conducted honor bands and adjudicated at concert band, marching band and solo & ensemble festivals throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Ms. Wiggins has also served as a clinician at the KMEA In-Service Conference and the Tapestry Multicultural Conference. Her professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu Band Masters Fraternity, the National Band Association, Women Band Directors National Association, Sigma Alpha Iota & Phi Delta Kappa.
Ms. Wiggins is most recently one of ten 2016 Grammy Music Educator of the year Finalist and received the International Women’s Brass Conference “Beacon Award” in 2015. She was recognized by Phi Beta Mu as “Outstanding Young Band Director in Kentucky” in 1992 and “Outstanding Bandmaster in 2010. Ms. Wiggins was named KMEA Middle School Teacher of the year in 2000.