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Kenneth Will

Senior Lecturer; Director of Pride of Dayton Marching Band

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Kenneth Will
Phone: 937-229-1238
FH 485


  • M.M., Ohio University
  • B.M., Ohio University


Kenneth Will is the director of the Pride of Dayton Marching Band at the University of Dayton, where he conducts the Concert Band, assists with the Flyer Pep Band and teaches courses in Music Education  

During his time at the University of Dayton, The Pride of Dayton has more than doubled in size. The band has been featured at the Bands of America Regionals three times and performed in the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.  

Professor Will’s arrangements for marching band have been performed around the world by high school and college ensembles. As a clinician, he reaches thousands of students across the country and he is an adjudicator with Music in the Parks and the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. His  publications can be read in the Teaching Music Through Performance series through GIA Publications.  

Prior to his appointment at the University of Dayton, he served as the Director of Bands at Ashland University and Walsh University where he was  responsible for the marching and concert programs. He earned his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from Ohio University where he  served as Graduate Associate for the Marching 110, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and University Concert Band. As a public school teacher, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Lakewood High School, leading the Lancer Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, teaching  elementary music and Director of Bands at Watkins-Memorial High School.  

Professor Will holds memberships in the National Association for Music  Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National  Band Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as well as honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.