The Paulding County High School Band Directors
Aaron Toft - Director
Mr. Aaron Toft joined the Paulding County High School Band Program as Director of Bands in 2016. Prior to serving as the Director at Paulding County, Mr. Toft was the Assistant Band Director at Hiram High School, served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Auburn University, and as Director of Bands at Manchester High School and Middle School in Manchester, Georgia.
Mr. Toft holds a Master of Education from Auburn University and a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. At Auburn, Mr. Toft was a conducting student of Dr. Richard Good and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Auburn University Bands. At the University of Kentucky, Mr. Toft studied under Dr. Skip Gray, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, and conducting with Mr. George Boulden.
Mr. Toft has served on the instructional staff of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band and has also instructed at the Music For All Summer Symposium Student Leadership Symposium. His performance experience includes performances with the University of Kentucky Symphonic Band, the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, the West Georgia Symphonic Winds, the Bob Barr Community Band, and the American Patriot Winds. Mr. Toft is a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Toft’s professional affiliations include membership in the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.
Mr. Toft and his wife Molly currently reside in Acworth, Georgia with their daughters Emmalyn, Amelia, and their cat Harley.
Kyle Willoughby - Associate Director
Mr. Kyle Willoughby joined Paulding County High School in 2020 as Associate Director of Bands. Prior to PCHS, Mr. Willoughby taught elementary music at Pine Log Elementary School in Rydal, Georgia. Mr. Willoughby has also taught private woodwind lessons to students from a variety of middle schools and high schools in Georgia.
Mr. Willoughby earned a Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of West Georgia. While at UWG, Mr. Willoughby studied clarinet with Rob Culbreth and Staci Culbreth.
Mr. Willoughby is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA).
Mr. Willoughby currently resides in Dallas, GA with his family and dog Harley.