Music - Instrumental Studies

Department of Music and Dance

About the program:

Instrumental studies at Kilgore College are taught by full-time and part-time faculty members in many areas, including brass, guitar, piano/organ, strings and woodwinds. Scholarships are typically awarded based on audition and ensemble participation.


  • Kevin Kelley: Double Bass, Guitar
  • Don Lawler: Percussion
  • Madelyn Moore: Clarinet
  • Tristan Roberts: Strings
  • Dr. Jim Taylor: Guitar
  • Danny Vinson: Low Brass
  • Glenn Wells: Brass

Course information:

Tristan Roberts
Instructor, Strings
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Tristan Roberts is Director of Orchestras at Kilgore ISD and Adjunct Professor of Strings at Kilgore College. His fine orchestras without fail earn “Sweepstakes” and 1st division ratings at UIL Contests as well as regional TEA sanctioned festivals. This year Kilgore High School Orchestra will, for the third year in a row, have record enrollment with 99 students. Tristan earned his Bachelor of Music Education in 2008 with cum laude distinction at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches Louisiana where he sat concertmaster and assistant concertmaster. In 2009 he directed the sub non varsity band at Hallsville High School to earn 1st division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading for the first time in the school’s history. In 2010, he eagerly took associate conductor post for Longview Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and plays violin for Longview Symphony Orchestra as well the surrounding area. He regularly works with fine arts departments in the East Texas area and sits on the Fine Arts Advisory Committee at Region 7. In 2012 Tristan featured Kilgore High School Symphony Orchestra which performed for 1200 audience members. He is currently studying conducting with Dr. Gene Moon at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Glenn Wells
Director of Bands
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Glenn Wells, a KC graduate, took over as head band director in September of 2011. Wells previously served as head band director at Chapel Hill High School, a position he held since July of 2010. During his 31-year public school teaching career, his bands have amassed 28 First Division rankings in marching contests and have won 26 University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes awards. Wells has also served as head high school band director at Pine Tree (2005-2010); Gladewater (2004-05); Overton (1997-2004); Livingston (1996-97); Kilgore (1989-1996); and Lufkin (1987-89). While band director at Overton High School, his bands won the UIL State Marching Contest in 2001, and the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Award in 2003. Wells earned a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 and a Master of Arts from SFASU in 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental Music Education from SFASU in 1980, is a 1977 KC graduate and a graduate of Union Grove High School. Wells has lived in Kilgore for nearly 25 years, and is married to wife, Tracy Wells. They have two children, Kirk and John.

Kevin Kelley
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Bio coming soon.

For information about Music - Instrumental:

Dr. Mary Heiden
Dept. Chair, Director of Camerata Singers
Music and Dance Department
(903) 983-8120
Technical Vocational Bldg. (TECVO), 203