About Mr. Kershaw...
About Mr. Kershaw...
Mr. Kershaw is the Director of Instrumental Music at WDHS. He currently serves as Department Chairman for the Fine and Performing Arts Department. He teaches all aspects of instrumental music including directing the concert, jazz and marching band programs. He teaches AP Music Theory. He also serves as business manager for the spring musical program.
Mr. Kershaw is a graduate of Delsea Regional High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He has been blessed to have studied trumpet with Mr. Robert Earley of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mr. John Thyhsen of the Philly Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Kershaw is a professional trumpet player, playing throughout the area in many venues. In 1995, Mr. Kershaw had the privilege to tour and perform as a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois playing soprano bugle. Mr. Kershaw is also an accomplished composer and arranger, writing arrangements for many area marching bands and performance ensembles. Mr. Kershaw has written arrangements for over thirty high school bands including WDHS. Bands Mr. Kershaw has written and arranged for have won every type of marching band championship available in the North Eastern United States. He has also had the privilege to write arrangements for other venues including TV commercials and senior drum and bugle corps.
Mr. Kershaw has been the director of the West Deptford High School Marching Band since 2002. In 2003, Mr. Kershaw came to West Deptford High School full time where he also became the director of the WDHS Symphonic Band. Mr. Kershaw also directs the WDHS Jazz Lab.
Since Mr. Kershaw's arrival, the band took a new direction which brought the marching band through a tremendous renaissance as the band has continuously grown in competitive strength and performance quality. Since 2002, the West Deptford marching band has become a perennial competitive finalist in the Tournament of Bands (TOB) marching band circuit. In 2003, the marching band won the USSBA Group IIA All States Championship. In 2006, the band won the TOB South Jersey, Chapter I Group III Championship for the first time since 1978. The band continued to finish second overall and first in brass at the 2006 TOB Group III Atlantic Coast Championships. In 2007 & 2008, the WDHS band won its second and third consecutive Chapter I Championships and finished 3rd overall and won the special award for best woodwinds in 2007 and best drum major in 2008 at the TOB Group III Atlantic Coast Championships. In 2010, the WD marching band won the TOB Group III Atlantic Coast Championships for the first time in school history. In 2011 the WDMB won a second consecutive TOB Group III Atlantic Coast Championship. In 2012 the WDMB won a third consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Championship, this time in Group II. In 2013 the WDMB won a fourth consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Championship, in Group II. In 2014 the WDMB won a fifth consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Championship, in Group III. In 2015 the WDMB won a sixth consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Championship, in Group II. In 2016 the WDMB won a seventh consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Championship, in Group II.
In 2006, Mr. Kershaw was the West Deptford High School recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition Award. He was also recognized as an outstanding teacher in Gloucester County. Mr. Kershaw's professional memberships include the Music Educators National Conference, International Trumpet Guild, New Jersey Music Educators Association and the South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association.
When he is not directing the band, Mr. Kershaw spends time with his wife Kimberly, his daughter Kaitlyn Skye, and his son Ryan Thomas.