Ray Hilley – Director of Bands
Mr. Hilley (H-Diddy) is entering his 17th year of teaching band in Texas and his 8th at Wilson Middle School. He began his teaching career in the Richardson ISD teaching at both Lake Highlands High School and Forest Meadow Jr. High. Following his time in Richardson, he taught for two years in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD at Cross Timbers Middle School and for five years as the director of bands at Argyle Middle School in Argyle, Texas.
Mr. Hilley is a 2002 graduate of Sam Houston State University and currently back at Sam working on his Masters. While at SHSU, he studied euphonium with Dr. Henry Howey and Robert Daniel. He also studied conducting with Dr. Matthew McInturf and Dr. Allen Hightower. Mr. Hilley was principal euphonium of the SHSU Wind Ensemble, a member of the Bearkat Marching Band, and played piano with the SHSU Jazz Ensemble.
During his career Mr. Hilley’s bands have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards and many Best in Class trophies at various festivals. His bands have been participants in the ATSSB State OPS (Outstanding Performance Series) winning runner up in the “March” category in 2011 and 2012. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
In his free time, Mr. Hilley is a faithful fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns. He is an avid cyclist and runner. When not spending his weekend at a race, you can find him reading, cooking or traveling for an epic hiking trip.
Chad Waterman – Assistant Director
This will be Mr. Waterman’s 16th year of teaching and his 8th year at Wilson Middle School. His first year of teaching was in a K-12 music program in Michigan. After attending graduate school, he moved to Texas and taught in the Arlington School District as a band director and percussion specialist for four years. He has been in the Northwest School District for the past ten years.
Mr. Waterman attended Grand Valley State University where he was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steeldrum Band and Marching Band. After teaching for one year in the public school system of Michigan, Mr. Waterman worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron. While at graduate school, he studied with Dr. Larry Snider and was a member of the grammy nominated UA Steelband, under the direction of Matthew Dudack. As a percussionist, Mr. Waterman is a member of the Percussive Arts Socitey, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas BandMasters Association. He lives in Haslet with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Leah and Paige.
Mr. Waterman spends his free time riding his bikes, golfing, and working on projects around the house. He and his family like to travel, spend time outdoors, and take advantage of all good weather days.