Phone: 973-669-5301 x. 31548


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music, Music Education, William Paterson University Master of Arts, Education, Augustana University

Mr. Lewis C. Kelly

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Lewis C. Kelly is the Director of Bands at West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey. Mr. Kelly started teaching at WOHS in the fall of 2000. His current teaching responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, and Marching Mountaineers; he also teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and instrumental lessons for Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, and Ninth Grade Band. Under Mr. Kelly’s direction all of his groups have received superior ratings and honors in local, regional, and national festivals and competitions. The Wind Ensemble has recently been selected to perform at the prestigious National Concert Band Festival, as well as the NJ State Concert Band Gala (for twelve consecutive years), and the 2018 NJMEA Convention. Mr. Kelly has also been instrumental in creating the Indoor Color Guard and Indoor Percussion programs at WOHS.

Mr. Kelly is currently the Co-Chair for the Band Division of the North Jersey School Music Association. He has guest conducted both the NJSMA Symphonic Band and Ninth Grade Band; and adjudicated the Middle School Concert Band Festival. He has also been active within the North Jersey Area Band and All-State Band Organizations serving as a festival chair, committee member, manager, and audition chairperson.

Mr. Kelly received his Bachelor of Music from William Paterson University of New Jersey and his Master of Arts in Education from Augustana University. Upon his undergraduate graduation, he directed the instrumental music program at the Morris Plains Borough School in Morris Plains, NJ and taught there until beginning his tenure in West Orange. Mr. Kelly has been involved in the marching arts for over two decades and has marched, taught, and arranged for various bands and drum corps from Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He is currently on staff with the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps as a brass technician.

Lewis resides in Byram Township, NJ with his wife Sarah, and their sons Beckett and Miles.