Conductor, Repertory Orchestra
Lois U. Wiggins, Retired Band Director, taught for 33 years in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Most recently she served as Band Director at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia, and a Rank I in Secondary Education from Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Wiggins is past Kentucky Music Educators Association State Band Chair (2015-16) and served for 10 years as Band Content Area Leader for Fayette County Public Schools. She is a past member and Associate Conductor of the Lexington Brass Band
and currently is Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. Lois has guest conducted honor bands and adjudicated at concert band, marching band and solo & ensemble festivals in New York, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky including the Foster Music Camp. Ms. Wiggins has served as a clinician at the KMEA In-Service Conference, Minority Band Directors National Conference, the Tapestry Multicultural Conference, Music for All Summer Music Symposium, and the Virtual Music Education Conference. Her professional affiliations include the Minority Band Directors National Association, Association of Black Women Band Directors, Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity, the National Band Association, Women Band Directors National Association, Sigma Alpha Iota & Phi Delta Kappa. Ms. Wiggins served on the PBM International Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012 and will serve on the board from January 2022 through December 2025.
KMEA recognitions include District 2 Middle School Teacher of the Year (1997 & 2000), District 2 Distinguished Service Award (1998), & The Citation of Service Award (2014).
Ms. Wiggins is a 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award National Finalist and received the International Women’s Brass Conference “Beacon Award” in 2015. Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity recognized Lois as "Outstanding Young Band Director in Kentucky" in 1992 and “Outstanding Bandmaster” in 2010. Ms. Wiggins was named KMEA Middle School Teacher of the year in 2000. Ms. Wiggins was inducted into the Psi Chapter of the Phi Beta Mu Band Masters Fraternity Hall of Fame in February of 2022.