Kris Bence has been the Assistant Band Director at Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois since 2012 and Orchestra Director at Parkside Junior High School since 2015. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University and his Graduate Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University. Mr. Bence works with the curricular concert ensembles, as well as the competitive Marching Ironmen Marching Band. The concert ensembles have received Superior Ratings at concert band festivals throughout the region, and the athletic band program has performed in the Florida Citrus Parade, Outback Bowl, several Bands of America Regional Championships, and was a state finalist in 2016. Kris Bence also runs a successful Junior High Orchestra Program, which serves over 110 students, and continues to grow and share memorable musical experiences for its members. He is married to Kristin Bence, an elementary music educator, and they have one son, Jeffrey (1).