Scotty Walker is in his twenty fourth year of teaching instrumental music at Lafayette High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his tenure at Lafayette High, the Wind Ensemble has performed on some of the most prestigious concert stages in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Murat Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2008, the Marching Band was selected as a finalist band at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, the first time in attendance. In 2011 the Marching Band was named Class AAA National Champion. He has received the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence” award for performing in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the All South Conductors Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi and for their performance in the 2014 CBDNA southern division conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The Marching Band will be marching in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Mr. Walker has performed in many ensembles in the Acadiana area including principal trumpet in the Acadiana Symphony, Acadiana Pops Orchestra, Rapides Symphony, Biloxi Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and the Acadian Wind Symphony. He has also performed as a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard Band in Bossier City. Mr. Walker has received the “Excellence in Education” award given by the Acadian Arts Council, was a featured director in “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” sponsored by School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and honored by receiving the Louisiana Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2002 and 2009 by the Phi Beta Mu honorary music fraternity. In 2011, Mr. Walker was inducted into Bandworld’s “Legion of Honor,” sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and was recently inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. His professional affiliations include the Louisiana Association of Educators, National Association for Music Education, Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. He is a Past President of the Louisiana Music Educators Association.