Meet William Kilgore! William has been married for 23 years to his wife, Oora, and a father to three boys. He previously taught at Monroe and North Hall Middle School, but has now been at West Jackson Middle for 17 and half years now. He says he is very grateful to the community for everything they have done for the music program.
“When someone is 35, they’re not going to remember the difference between A flat and G sharp, but they’ll remember their experiences and how it made them feel,” he said.
We want to thank William for recently spending time with us and telling us more about his life and his love for the area.
Question: What inspired or led you to your current career?
Answer: “First off, I had some great experiences in band, and I had some terrible experiences in band. My high school band directors, I had some really good ones, and they invested in me. They found out I had a little natural talent, and I enjoyed it very much. During my middle school career, I didn’t have as many good band directors. So, I thought I could go out and make a difference by doing it well. And that’s what happened. I went to the University of Georgia, and got my degree and have had a lot of success doing it.”
Q: How long have you worked in Jackson County?
A: “Seventeen and a half years.”
Q: What is the thing you are the most proud of when it comes to your band program?
A: “The longevity. The long standing success. It’s not something that just happened and stopped, or happens every now and then. We have success on a consistent basis. We also have an impact in student’s lives, and that’s what it’s all about. When someone is 35, they’re not going to remember the difference between A flat and G sharp, but they’ll remember their experiences and how it made them feel.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County?
A: “The Galloping Galette. It’s French. Crepes, it’s just awesome.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
A: “Eventually, I want to make it to Italy. I took four and a half years of Latin in high school, so I learned about Julius Caesar, and all the famous places, things like that. The architecture there is awesome. I just want to go touch all the places I’ve read so much about.”
Q: If you could give advice to a crowd of people, what would you say?
A: “Love others, and live your passion.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I feel like I’m already living it. I mean, if I die tomorrow, I’m good. My wife would say I want to own a late 60s Camaro one day, because I do. But if I die tomorrow, who cares?”
Q: What is your favorite kind of music? Three favorite bands?
A: “I love country gold, people like Hank Williams. And I love crooning music. Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, stuff like that.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “Their love and support for the band program. I would not have stayed for 17 and a half years had they not given me so much love and support. We are funded, people want to be a part of it, and we do it well.”
Q: If you could lunch with anyone, alive and non-relative, who would you choose? Why? Where would you take them?
A: “That’s a hard one, because I don’t put a lot of emphasis on pop culture, and I’m not a highly political man. That only leaves me with somebody on TV, or a musical artist. Since I’m a musician, I think I’ll go with musical artist. Let’s go back to Michael Bublé. I’d love to do a little jamming with Michael Bublé. I think I would take him to Laguna Mexican Grill.”
Q: What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of Home?
A: “Mama, biscuits, and fried pork chops.”
Q: If you could nominate someone for this project, who would it be?
A: “April Howard. She’s our superindentant, and she was my principal.”
The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.