Troy Williams –  My name is Troy Williams. I am the Director of Bands at Wilton High School located in Wilton, CT. Throughout my career, I have over a decade plus of experience in the marching arts such as being the Assistant Director of The Saints Brigade Drum & Bugle Corp based out of Port Chester, NY, Percussion Instructor of Masuk High School in Monroe, CT, and Central High School in Bridgeport, CT. As a Director and Member of the Saints Brigade, I’ve been fortunate enough to perform all over the country and now world, including London and soon to be Italy in 2023.

I am a lifelong Bridgeport resident with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership with an 092 certification, all obtained from the University of Bridgeport. I am excited to be in this program to address the issues with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Emotional Learning in the music education world. In high school, I marched as a percussionist in the Central High School marching band for four years. My band director there, Mr. Joseph DeGroate inspired me to become the teacher I am today. I watched how he loved and really enjoyed teaching music to his students every day, and it was contagious. I looked at his job as something that was enjoyable and empowering to the youth.

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