Kim Bain is in her eighth 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 25 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. In addition to this honor, the John Phillip Sousa Foundation recently awarded the “Sudler Cup” to the Pizitz Band program. In 2014, the Pizitz Symphonic Band will perform at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference at the University of North Florida. While at Pizitz Middle School, Ms. Bain’s bands have received special recognition at Festival Disney, All-Star Music Festival, and OrlandoFest in Orlando, Florida, and at 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 Music Educators National Conference, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu. In addition to her teaching activities, Ms. Bain is an active freelance musician in the Birmingham area.