R. Kevin Paul, a Virginia native born in 1971, earned his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in Education from Radford University in 1993. While at Radford, he conducted several university ensembles and performed as a trumpeter in most, including nominated undergraduate honors recitals in trumpet and piano. He also was an undergraduate featured-conductor on tour in VA with the RU Wind Enesmble, directed by Mark Camphouse, with whom he studied trumpet, conducting, and composition (briefly). Kevin studied piano at RU with Nitza Kats. He completed his K-12 music student teaching in Pulaski Co.


He earned Virginia Commonwealth University's first Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Conducting Performance in 1996 - where he served as Director of the University Band and Pep Band, graduate teaching assistant for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and interim graduate teaching assistant for the Choral Arts Society. He also served as principal trumpet of the VCU Symphony & Opera Orchestras, and trumpeter with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and student Brass Quintet, under the direction of Ed Mir. At VCU, he studied conducting with Terry Austin (band) and John Guthmiller (choral), and composition (briefly) with Alan Blank.



Since 1989, Kevin Paul has been teaching music to students at all levels, from elementary to graduate school, both publicly and privately (20+ years). In addition to maintaining a private trumpet studio, he was the trumpet instructor for the RU Community Arts School and the VCU Community School for the Performing Arts. He has served as DIrector of Bands in the Virginia Public Schools at two middle schools and one high school; and part-time member of the music faculties of SweetBriar College (Va) and Lynchburg College (Va) where he was Trumpet Instructor and Director of the Brass Ensemble. He has conducted several other high school and middle school bands and has adjudicated many festivals, competitions, and entrance auditions. During the 2019-20 academic year, Kevin served as the middle school (grades 5-8) Technology Teacher at James River Day School in Lynchburg, VA. He was Director of Bands at East Yancey Middle School and Cane River Middle School in Burnsville, NC (Yancey Co.) from 2020-2022.



Kevin served the Richmond Community as a member of several brass quintets, Principal Trumpet of the Richmond Philharmonic, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Richmond Symphonic Winds, and trumpeter with the Petersburg Symphony and various other chamber ensembles. He founded the Richmond Brass Consort, Richmond’s only large brass & percussion ensemble, and was its Conductor/Music Director until he left Richmond in 2000. He has also performed as a trumpeter with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra (IL) and the Lynchburg Symphony (VA). He currently performs as a trumpeter with the Blue Ridge Orchestra (Asheville), the Toe River Chamber Ensemble (Burnsville), the TRCE Brass Consortium, and substitute with the Biltmore Brass.



After four years as a VA middle school Band Director, Kevin was the Conductors Guild’s Executive Director from 2000 until his departure in 2006 to become a full-time dad. While at the Conductors Guild, he transitioned its four publications (quartely newsletter, monthly jobs bulletin, semi-annual peer-reviewed journal, and annual directory) to electronic formats, refined and expanded the website, and maintained consistently-balanced budgets in excess of $200,000.00. He oversaw all financial transactions, and member services and events for 2,000+ members in the U.S and over 20 other countries. He also communicated regularly with the Conductor's Guild governing body, including a 30-member volunteer Board and 20-member Advisory Council.



He has composed works for Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble, and Concert Band; and has arranged over 120 works for Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble. Two of his works for brass quintet were featured on a program at Radford University's "New Horizons" concert in October 2010. His most recent collaboration is Appalachian Hymnsong (brass quintet), a new commission by da Capo Brass (NC), premiered by the same group in March 2011 and included on their debut album by Delos. His March Of The Chinchillas (young concert band) is published by Grand Mesa Music (2011), and was performed at the 2011 MidWest Clinic by the Farmington Jr. High Sumphonic Band (Utah). March of the Chinchillas is also featured in the new publication Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band (GIA Publications). Kevin is a member of ASCAP and recipient of its 2012 Plus award.



In 2007, Kevin founded Waterton Brass Music™, a small independent brass music publishing company, established with nine of his early arrangements, and was its President until he transferred ownership and operations in April 2017. At that time, its catalog included over 200 publications by 40 composers and arrangers from eight countries. WBM averaged 29 publications per year with New Music accounting for over 23% of its catalog; and averaged 225 free titles given each year during 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the website was completely redesigned and, to reduce operating expenses, the decision was made to discontinue sales of printed music and only provide electronic publications.



A self-described "Occasional Webmaster," Kevin has been creating websites off and on for over 20 years, mostly for personal interests, but sometimes for other people and organizations. When he started there were fewer than 10 top-level domains (.com, .org, .net, etc.) - now there are over 1,500. He enjoys being creative, problem-solving, and keeping up with new design elements and techniques. Currently, he is responsible for about 17 websites. Most of his websites utilize a combination of HTML, CSS, SSIs, Javascript, and Bootstrap. Sometimes he codes websites from the ground up, but mostly he uses templates and bends them to his will through extensive modification and customization. He is HTML-certified at



Kevin has authored six books, mostly on coin collecting (links available on the right menu). They include: Coins for Kids, 2nd Ed., Old Coins for Kids: Book 1 & 2, Bullion Coins for Beginners, The Complete Guide to Collecting Composer Coins, and Musical Quotations. He has also published four free e-guides (links available on the right menu) which include: Managing Your Sheet Music Library, Music Theory Tuorial, Sight-Reading Checklist, and Tips & Tools For Coin Collectors. The Complete Guide to Collecting Composer Coins received "Extraordinary Merit, 2015 Writers' Awards" from the Numismatic Literary Guild.



Kevin has previously volunteered his services for organizations including The International Trumpet Guild (Internet Links Hub Editor) and The Southeastern Composers League (Webmaster & hosting provider), and The Lynchburg Pops Community Band (Webmaster & hosting provider). He is currently Webmaster and Treasurer of the Toe River Chamber Ensemble.



You can reach him with any questions or comments at rkevinpaul or use this website's contact page.

C.V. available upon request. LinkedIn



American Composers Forum
American Numismatic Association
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
Conductors Guild
International Society for Music Education
International Trumpet Guild
National Association for Music Education
National Band Association
National Education Association
North Carolina Association of Educators
North Carolina Bandmasters Association
North Carolina Music Educators Association
Numismatic Bibliomania Society
Numismatic Literary Guild
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Theta Charter President)
Tri-M Music Honor Society (Faculty Life Member)