Kirby Swinney | Palen Music

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Kirby Swinney

Educational Representative - Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 830-5582


Kirby Swinney graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 with a degree in instrumental music education and retired in 2014 after teaching band for 30 years in the Oklahoma communities of Weleetka, Dewey, Choctaw and Shawnee. While at Dewey and Shawnee, both band programs earned their first ever OSSAA sweepstakes award and in 2013 the Shawnee Band Program earned its first ever double sweepstakes award when both concert bands earned superior ratings at the state level contest. Kirby's marching bands were consistently rated superior at regional competitions and were also consistent top twelve finalists at the OBA State Marching Band Championship Contest. Kirby has served as secretary of the OBA Board of Control and also served on the OBA Board of Directors as secretary and president. Kirby has served as band chairman for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and also served on the OMEA board as band vice-president.

Kirby has two children, Adrian and Caitlyn. His son Adrian is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and lives in Tokyo, Japan. His daughter Caitlyn is also a graduate of OU and resides in Norman, OK.

In his spare time, Kirby enjoys working out, attending OU football and OKC Thunder basketball games. 

Kirby joined the Palen Music Center team in OKC in 2014.

Kirby was named MVP of Palen Music Center in 2023