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Mr. Bill Laughlin is an award-winning band director at Paoli Jr-Sr High School

Mr. Bill Laughlin is an award-winning band director at Paoli Jr-Sr High School

Bill Laughlin

Bill Laughlin is a 1983 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. While at the University, he participated in the “Dimensions in Brass” under the direction of the late Jerry Franks (also of Grace College). Mr. Laughlin has earned the Master of Arts in Education degree from Ball State University. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the International Trombone Association, American School Band Directors Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and, the Gamma Chapter of the International Band Fraternity – Phi Beta Mu. He has served as an adjudicator for various Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona events, has guest conducted the Indiana Honor Bands several times, and has served on the State Board of the ISSMA, IMEA and IBA organizations (past president of the Indiana Bandmasters).

Mr. Laughlin comes from Paoli, Indiana, where he is the director of the Pride of Paoli band program which has consistently earned top honors in marching band (12 state championships and 2 runner-up finishes in the last 20 years), concert band (consistent superior ratings in both junior and senior high Group I levels), and solo & ensemble participation.

The Phi Beta Mu band fraternity named Bill Laughlin “Indiana Bandmaster of the Year” in 2004. Mr. Laughlin has been the principal trombonist both in the Carmel Symphony and in the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, and is currently playing with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (Bloomington, IN) and the Nostalgia Band of Bedford, IN. He is married to Gayle Laughlin who is the retired assistant director of bands at Paoli. They also have two Old English Sheep dogs named “Luci & Lily”.

Zachary Tibbs 

Greetings, members of the Pride of Paoli Family! My name is Mr. Zachary T. Tibbs and I am proud to be joining you all. I come from Walkerton, a small town in northern Indiana. I recently completed my first year of teaching at Navarre Middle School in South Bend, Indiana where I taught 6th through 8th grade band and orchestra. Before that I was a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Music Education. During my time there I performed on trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Honors Brass Quintet. As well as performing with those incredible groups, I have also had the pleasure of spending two summers, 2015 and 2018, with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps on marching euphonium. I look forward to what the school year has in store for all of us and for the opportunity to work with an outstanding program, finding growth as an educator and as an individual.