Kyle McKinzey is band director at Bowie Middle School in Irving, Texas. He has been teaching since 1982 at both the middle school and the high school levels in East Texas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a 1982 graduate of Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. At Henderson, he studied composition with Dr. Bill Underwood, and was also influenced by his percussion instructor, Doug DeMorrow.
Through the years, Kyle has written many arrangements for his friends, as well as compositions and arrangements for marching band, concert band, jazz band, and percussion ensembles. In addition, he has done numerous arrangements for church praise bands, orchestras and choirs. He has also orchestrated and conducted music for orchestra and choir. His most recent endeavor was a benefit for Zoe Ministries where he worked with the largest mass choir production ever performed at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kyle has performed with the Arkansas and South Arkansas Symphonies as a percussionist. He played piano and drums with the Greenville Big Band Jazz Orchestra. He is a charter member of the Mansfield Wind Symphony of Mansfield, Texas, and he currently plays percussion with them. He is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Mansfield with his wife Charlene and two wonderful children, Johnna and Brandt.