Welcome Mr. Billy Skembos
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Mr. Billy Skembos is originally from Fort Wayne, IN, and is in his 1st year as director of Bands at Conroe High School. He attended R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, IN under the direction of Mr. Kevin Klee. Mr. Skembos received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ball State University in 2010. While at Ball State University, he studied Saxophone with Dr. George Wolfe and conducting with Dr. Thomas Caneva. Mr. Skembos student taught at Lawrence Central High School in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, IN with Mr. Randy Greenwell and Mr. Matthew James.
Mr. Skembos served as the Associate Director of Bands at Westfield High School in the Spring Independent School District of Houston, TX for three years. Before his time in Spring, he graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2018 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant. While at SUSU, he studied conducting with Dr. Matthew McInturf and Dr. Brain Gibbs and had the privilege of conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Angry Orange Basketball Band, and the Bearkat Marching Band (Eat Em Up Kats!). The culminating experience of his degree was the premiere performance of his transcription of the piece Solo de Concours by Henri Rabaud for band and clarinet soloist by the Sam Houston Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in March of 2018 featuring soloist Dr. Patricia Card, Sam Houston’s clarinet Professor.
Before attending SHSU for his graduate degree, Mr. Skembos was the Director of Bands at Basic Academy of International Studies in Henderson, NV from 2010-2016. While at Basic Academy, the band experienced tremendous growth, growing from less than 60 musicians to more than 200. In addition to the growth, the program’s concert bands, jazz bands, marching band, color guard, and drumline received consistent superior ratings and were extremely successful in circuits in both Southern California and Nevada.
Mr. Skembos has held leadership positions with the Southern Nevada Band Association, Nevada Music Educators Association, The Desert Winds, and the National Association for Music Education-Ball State Chapter. Additionally, he is a regular volunteer at Conn-Selmer Institute
and was inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame in 2015. Mr. Skembos was also named in the School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” for the state of Nevada in 2015.