Belton High School Band Faculty


Director of Bands

Shannon Gill is the Director of Bands at Belton High School in Belton, Texas.  She is the conductor of the Belton HS Wind Ensemble and Marching Hundred.  Mrs. Gill was previously Head Director at Grapevine High School for 5 years.  She served 1 year as an Assistant at GHS, and the 12 years before she arrived in North Texas, she served as an Assistant Director in the Round Rock, Georgetown, and Austin area at McNeil HS, Georgetown HS, and Anderson HS.  Mrs. Gill also was an adjunct percussion instructor at Southwestern University in Georgetown for 3 years.

Mrs. Gill grew up in New Braunfels, TX and received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX..  She received her Principal Certification from the Region 13 Educational Service Center in Austin, TX

Mrs. Gill's marching,concert, and percussion ensembles have consistently received Superior division ratings at UIL, NTCA, and other various marching and concert contests.  As a director of the Anderson High School Marching Band, she helped in qualifying, for the first time in school history, for the 2010 UIL State Marching Contest.  The following year, 2011, the band qualified for finals at the BOA Super Regional Championship Contest in San Antonio.  Another first for the band.  Her concert percussion ensembles have qualified for TX State Solo/Ensemble contest and received consistent superior ratings.  Her winter marching ensembles have earned much distinction as well, with the Anderson HS Indoor Drumline taking Grand Champion at the 2008 NTCA Championships in Ft.Worth, TX.


Assistant Director

Kevin Kwaku is an assistant director for the Belton High School band program. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble 1, and serving as the visual instructor for the Marching Hundred . Prior to arriving to Belton, Mr. Kwaku spent two years as an assistant director at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.


Mr. Kwaku attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies and studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki, music education with Bob Duke and Amy Simmons, and conducting with Scott Hanna, Ryan Kelly and Jerry Junkin. He was a performing member of the UT Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Longhorn Band, spending three years as a trumpet section leader and his final year of college as the drum major. After graduating, he has spent his summers working for the university as a coordinator for the Longhorn Music Camp.


Mr. Kwaku was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 and 2015, where he performed as a lead trumpet and soloist for both seasons and was named the Brass Performer of the Year in 2015. He now serves as a member of the Bluecoats brass staff, a role he began in November of 2018. Mr. Kwaku’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.


Assistant Director - Percussion

Mr. Smith is excited to be teaching at Belton High School as an assistant band director/percussion instructor, and is starting his 22nd year teaching music in Texas. He received his music degree from LSU where he was a member of the symphony, wind ensemble, and was the drumline captain/staff arranger for the famed “Golden Band from Tigerland.” After college, he taught for two years at Westfield High School where his responsibilities included private lessons and assisting with the defending state champion Big Red Band percussion section. He then spent the next 14 years in Austin at McNeil High School where he conducted the concert band and instructed all aspects of percussion. His concert bands received multiple sweepstakes and the percussion section received many best in class awards during his time there. He spent the past 4 years teaching at Wells Middle School where he conducted bands and taught all of the brass and percussion. In the summers, he has worked as a clinician for N8 Rhythm and Percussion One for schools all over the state. In his spare time he enjoys composing and has music published with Rowloff Productions

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Chris Kreger

Assistant Director

Chris Kreger graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in 2013 and received his bachelor’s degree in Music Ed. from the University of Houston in 2019. He studied music education and instrumental pedagogy with Mr. John Benzer and saxophone with Mr. Dan Gelok. While attending the Moores School of Music Mr. Kreger was a performing member of the U of H Wind Ensemble under the direction of David Bertman, as well as the Symphonic Winds, and the Symphonic Band. He also performed in several capacities within the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, including principal saxophonist, under the direction of Noe Marmolejo. 


Mr. Kreger student-taught in the Houston area at North Shore Senior HS with Mr. Shane Goforth and at Berry Miller JH with Mr. Chris Bennett. While attending U of H he worked with Friendswood High School’s marching band under the direction of Greg Dick and Aaron Brown.


He serves as an assistant director of the Belton High School band program and one of the co-directors of the Belton High School Jazz Band. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, co-teaching the Jazz Band, and assisting in the direction of the Belton Marching Hundred. Mr. Kreger is in his 2nd year of teaching at Belton High School where he began his teaching career in the year 2020.

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Assistant Director - Colorguard / Dance

Mr. Hudnall was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. He studied dance performance and choreography at Stephen F Austin State University,  achieving one of his major goals by graduating from his hometown university. He has performed lead roles in multiple ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty and Firebird. He performed with Bluecoats as a color guard member and Black Gold winter guard as a dance soloist.  He has danced at Alvin Ailey, Steps On Broadway, and many other reputable dance schools across the country.  Mr. Hudnall has been the color guard director at Trinity HS, Corsicana HS, Navarro College, and Robert E Lee HS. He has also choreographed for 19 other color/winter guards including junior high, high school, and independent groups.  His next major goal is to develop Belton Guard into a nationally competitive program. He is thankful to return to Belton HS for a second year and looks forward to many more.