Kevin Hamlin has been the department head at Collingwood Collegiate for the past 29 years, building one of the strongest and most diverse programs in the province of Ontario, with numerous bands receiving Gold awards at the National level over a period of many years now. His bands have also been featured on the CBC radio morning show, and also the CBC television program The Rick Mercer Report.

A regular speaker at conferences and universities, Mr. Hamlin has wealth of knowledge to share with bands and teachers with the goal of helping to bring immediate and tangible improvements in both performance and practice.

This past year has been a special year for Mr. Hamlin, having received several awards. These awards include the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director award from the MusicFest Canada National Organization, the Collingwood Arts and Cultural Award, and the Order of Collingwood.