Bain AWKim Bain is in her twelfth year as Director of Bands at Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Ensembles under her leadership have consistently been cited for musical excellence at both the state and national levels throughout her 28 years of teaching. Ms. Bain was named 2012 Teacher of the Year for the Vestavia Hills City Schools. In 2013, her Pizitz Symphonic and Concert Bands performed at the Music For All National Middle School Music Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. The John Phillip Sousa Foundation awarded the Sudler Cup to the Pizitz Band program that same year. She was awarded the Phi Beta Mu, Rho Chapter, Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2014. That same year the Pizitz Symphonic Band performed at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference at the University of North Florida. In December of 2014, the band performed at the 15th Annual Southeastern United States Middle School Clinic at Troy University. The Pizitz Band was declared a winner of the National Band Association’s Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in 2015. In 2015, the Pizitz Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the 69th Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

During her tenure at Pizitz Middle School, Ms. Bain’s bands have received special recognition at Festival Disney, Orlandofest Music Festival, and Heritage Music Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. She has served as a clinician for the Alabama Bandmaster’s Association and guest conducted numerous honor bands and camps in Alabama and Georgia.

Ms. Bain received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in November 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Master of Arts in Music Education, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Alabama. She also holds a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ms. Bain’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu. In addition to her teaching activities, Ms. Bain is an active freelance musician in the Birmingham area.