Michael Wooley

Michael Wooley is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education studying trumpet with Dr. Joseph Van Fleet and conducting with Dr. Joseph Allison.

He is a native of London, Kentucky and a former student of South Laurel Middle School and South Laurel High School. While completing a masters degree in music education at EKU in 2011, the opportunity arose for him to become the band director at South Laurel Middle School.

He is currently in his tenth year of teaching; the entirety of that tenure being at South Laurel Middle School. Under the direction of Mr. Wooley, the South Laurel Middle School band has been recognized for many outstanding achievements. The SLMS beginning band and symphonic band have received unanimous distinguished ratings during the past four years at the KMEA District 10 assessment. The symphonic band has received three consecutive “Best Overall Middle School Band” awards at ‘Music in the Parks’ festivals, receiving all superior ratings. In addition to these accomplishments, the band has consistently seen the largest representation in the SKMA Middle School All- Festival Band. Michael has been named the KMEA Middle School Teacher of the Year for KMEA District 10 in 2011 and 2015. 

Mr. Wooley was named the 2016-17 Laurel County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. In addition to his duties at South Laurel Middle School, he is also assistant band director at South Laurel High School where he supports all facets of the program and is highly involved with marching band. Mr. Wooley has helped lead the marching band to 3 state finals appearances and 2 state championships

Mr. Wooley is also an active member of the community, playing in the community band and orchestra as a regular performer under the direction of his mentor, Mr. Jack Walker. His professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, and SKMA. Michael resides in London and is very active and involved with his South Laurel band family.

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