Bill Kennedy was born and raised in Boise. He played clarinet in beginning band at Longfellow Elementary with Jim Hopper, in band at North Junior High with Howard Hartman, played percussion at North with Howard Freeman, and played percussion in band and orchestra at Boise High School with Mel Shelton.
Following graduation from the University of Idaho, Bill taught music in the Potlatch Public Schools for two years. In 1971 he moved to Nampa as band director at West Junior High and assistant band director at Nampa High School. Bill and his wife, Anita, directed the Flag and Rifle Corps and the Nampa High Drill team.
In 1976 they moved to Boise when Bill became director of Band and Orchestra at Boise High School. They returned to Nampa the following year to a smaller—at the time—school district and to be closer to his wife's dance school. In Nampa Bill became band director at South Junior High, now South middle school, and assistant band director at Nampa High, and he and Anita resumed directing the Nampa Drill team. Bill taught at South for 31 years. Bill served the IMEA as vice president and president of District III. In 1979, Bill became Nampa High band director and held that position for 17 years. His children played in band and his daughters were on the dance team. In 1996, when the Nampa district added Skyview high school, Bill resigned from high school music to concentrate on South which was in transition to a 6,7,8 middle school. He continued teaching band and beginning strings. In 2008, Bill was voted South MS teacher of the year.
In 1978 Bill became a charter member of the Treasure Valley Wind Ensemble, directed by Mel Shelton, now the Treasure Valley Concert Band, directed by Marcellus Brown. He is in his thirty-fourth year in the percussion section of the Boise Philharmonic and performs with the Verde Percussion group. Bill plays drums for the Educator Jazz Band, the Boise Edelweiss Band, and plays in the pit for several area musical theater groups.
If it’s a nice day outside you will find Bill on a golf course.