Wayland professor inducted into international fraternity

Timothy Kelley, director of instrumental studies at Wayland Baptist University, was recently inducted as a new member of Phi Beta Mu, an international school bandmaster fraternity.

The induction was held Feb. 23 in San Antonio. O.T. Ryan, former longtime band director at Plainview High School, sponsored Kelley. Co-sponsors were Cody Myers and Roger Edwards, both of Amarillo.

"You have to be nominated to be in this organization, and just knowing there are people out there who respect your work is a great honor," Kelley said. "There are a limited number accepted, so it's pretty special."

According to the organization, in order to be considered for membership in Phi Beta Mu, a director must have at least ten years of successful teaching experience and must have produced and maintained an outstanding and consistent band program in schools. The fraternity is an honorary, non-profit organization established in 1938. It has approximately 275 active members in Texas, with chapters in most of the 50 states and in some foreign countries.

Kelley has been band director at Wayland for seven years, coming to WBU from five years at Auburn University in Alabama. He has also worked at the University of Mississippi and the University of Central Arkansas and spent seven years in the Arkansas public schools. Since Kelley has been at Wayland, the instrumental program has increased in activity, performance level and enrollment, as well as recognition around the region.

"Our students have worked hard to build a great reputation around the state and our community," Kelley said.