William Camphouse is a musician and educator sharing the art of music with public school and college students, as well as community-based adult performing organizations. As Director of Bands at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois Camphouse leads a comprehensive community college music program that makes a vital contribution to the cultural life of the community and provides undergraduate students with foundation level coursework in music. He earned a Bachelor and Masters degree in music education from the University of Illinois and has completed advanced work in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His interest in composition and arranging has been ongoing and has resulted in a number of commissioned works for concert band. In 1990, and again in 1994, he received the Illinois Phi Beta Mu outstanding concert band composition award for Kaleidoscope and Variations on a Gaelic Folk Song. He has been motivated throughout his career by the early influence of many music educators that served as effective role models, by supportive colleagues, by a family always engaged in music making, and by a belief that meaningful music is a powerful communicative device for the enlightenment and pleasure of humankind.