Kevin Ford is the founder and Director of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School. As Director of Bands for over two decades, he oversees the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, which won the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2014 and has also participated in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. In addition to coaching and supervising all Conservatory performance ensembles, he develops the curriculum for the Conservatory Student Leadership Courses. A nationally-recognized show designer, he has designed for BLAST Japan and was the Artistic Designer for the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremonies in South Korea. He was the 2015 NAfME National Band Director of the Year, the 2014 Pinellas County Educator of the year and the Florida Department of Education 2015 Teacher of the Year State finalist. He is the cofounder of the Inspire…Music and Entertainment Production Company. A graduate of the University of Florida, he is a Yamaha Master Educator and is a frequent leadership speaker, guest clinician, and adjudicator nationwide.