Inducted in 2013
William "Bill" Lilley believed in the goal of teaching students to
appreciate all types of music, which he did for more than forty-one
years as a music educator in Kansas. After graduating from
Central State, Edmond, OK, in 1951, Bill taught music K-12 in
Dexter, KS. Over the next fourteen years, Bill taught in Bucklin, St.
John, and Lyons, before eventually moving to Dodge City, KS in
1967. He received his Master's degree from Wichita State
University and in 1971 became the Supervisor of Music in
Bill always had a vision for how students could best be served
through music education. It didn't matter whether it was concert
band, marching band, orchestra, choir, jazz bands, or elementary
music, his expectation were that students be given the best
opportunity for knowledge, growth, and success. He was always
respected by his students and a number of them remain in the
profession as teachers or performers.
Bill served as the President of the Kansas Music Educators
Association from 1977-79 and in 1982 returned to complete his
teaching career in Lyons, KS. The Kansas Bandmasters
Association awarded the Outstanding Band Director to Bill in 1986.
Bill touched the lives of many students and colleagues during his
teaching career. He had a unique ability to relate to the students
because he had lived the same experiences and was always willing
to share the wisdom he had gained because of his experiences.
His diligent pursuit of excellence, his love for teaching, and his
willingness to mentor young directors were inspiring to all that