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Gary J. Mullins is a dedicated musician who has shared his love of the music for 35 years through teaching instrumental music. A native of Lexington, TN, Mullins earned his B.S. in Music Education from the University of TN at Martin and his Master’s degree from Memphis State University.

Among his many accomplishments, Mullins is the recipient of the KY Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the year (1995); six time recipient of the Secondary and Middle School Teacher of the Year in KMEA District One, chosen by former students to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers seven times, recognized as a 2008 All American Marching Band Director of Excellence by the U.S. Army and was selected as the 2009 High School Music Teacher of the Year in the KMEA First District. Mullins has serves as an Adjudicator and Conductor and has worked with Robert Kapp & Associates since 1983.

He and his wife, Gail, reside in Gilbertsville, Ky. They have one son, Cory and wife, Amy who are music teachers in Madisonville, Ky.

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Terry Thompson served as a high school band director for 29 years prior to his retirement from public schools in 2005. For the final 9 years of his teaching career he was the director of the Paul G. Blazer H.S. Band in Ashland, KY. The Blazer Band averaged over 45 performances a year on the marching band field and the concert stage, appearing at venues in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, and New York City. During the 2011- 2012 school year he served as the interim director of the Raceland-Worthington school band program. Prior to teaching at Blazer, he was the director of the Greenup County High School Band for 16 years.


He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and additionally has served on the state Board of Directors, has been a member of the Marching Band Board of Control, and is a former Chair of the KMEA Festival Commission, which oversees all the KMEA festivals throughout the Commonwealth. In 2004 he was named the KMEA District 8 “Teacher of the Year” by his peers.

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Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters of Secondary Education from Morehead State University. He continues his involvement in music education as an adjudicator for KMEA events throughout Kentucky, and as a guest clinician for high school and middle school bands in the region.


In August of 2014 he was named the Conductor and Musical Director of the Portsmouth Wind Symphony in Portsmouth, Ohio. He is also an active performer, in churches in Northeastern Kentucky, as a soloist with school bands, with various jazz groups including the “Miles of Jazz Orchestra”, made up of musicians from throughout Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and with “The Scioto Brass Trio.”


He and his wife Mona are the proud parents of 2 daughters. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and elementary teacher at Nicholasville (KY) Elementary School, and Rebecca who is a graduate of Georgetown College and a Montessori Teacher in New York City.

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