Art Kilchrist is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, and graduated from Acadiana High School in 1986. He went on to receive a two degrees from the College of Education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After moving to Pensacola, Florida, he was accepted to the faculty of Tate High School where he taught social studies and was Visual Consultant for the “Tate Show Band of the South.” Currently, he is a member of the Lafayette High School faculty where he teaches World History and has been Artistic Director for the Mighty Lion Band since 1997.
With over 30 years experience teaching pageantry to his credit, he has touched the lives of well over 120 college, high school and independent teams. A few highlights of his career include Nouveau Winter Guard of Houston Texas (1993 WGI Independent A World Champions), Tate High School “Chaparrals” of Gonzalez Florida (1989 WGI Scholastic World Champions) and every Lafayette High School Band and Winter Guard Show to date. He especially cherishes the Varsity Winter Guard from 2009 “Sakura” which was a WGI Scholastic A Finalist.
Mr. Kilchrist is well known as an adjudicator, visual designer, consultant, and guest clinician throughout the Gulf Coast states.He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. And he was inducted into the LMCGPC Hall of Fame in 2017.
In his spare time he cares for his three Pugs and collects wine corks. He is PROUD to say that he is a cancer survivor since 2007 and he recently married his longtime partner of 15 years, Andre.