Director of
 – David Centers

David Centers, a native of Winchester, KY, attended the University of Louisville where he studied Music Education and Civil Engineering. Mr. Centers graduated with highest honors from UofL and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in 1996. His major instrument is euphonium and he has performed with the Sacred Winds Ensemble, Louisville Orchestra, Derby City Brass Band, Louisville Concert Band, Louisville Brass Band, President Lincoln’s Own Band, the OCC Orchestra, and the Derby City Tuba Quartet (a two-time NABBA small ensemble national champion). He was also a finalist in auditions with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the Washington D.C. based Air Force Band. In 2009, Mr. Centers was named the Outstanding High School Band Director for the Fourth District. He has also served as the 4th District Band Chair and President of the FDBDA. In 2009, he was selected by the SBO magazine to represent Kentucky in “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” He has performed with the “President Lincoln’s Own Band” at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. in January of 2013, in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in June of 2013, and at the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in November 2013. Additionally, Mr. Centers received a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in 2013.  He has also performed at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago with the Chamber Winds Louisville Concert Band in December of 2013. Most recently, he has performed with the Louisville Orchestra for the soundtrack recording for the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville.  In 2014-2015, he served as the instrumental music education representative for the Kentucky Department of Education for Visual and Performing Arts. He is also currently serving as Vice-President for the Sacred Winds Ministries, Inc.

Mr. Centers began his teaching career in Jeffersonville, IN at Parkview Middle School in 1997 before returning to Kentucky to teach at East Hardin Middle School in 2002. He currently serves as Director of Bands at Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, KY. While at Central Hardin, Mr. Centers’ bands have consistently received distinguished ratings at every concert festival, have consistently been a state semi-finalist, a BOA Regional finalist, and Grand National Semifinalist. The Central Hardin Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensembles have performed at the KMEA State Conference. Under his direction, the Central Hardin Bands have grown from 52 members in 2004 to currently over 170 students.

Mr. Centers currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife of 22 years, Staci, and two children, Noah and Hannah. He is a member at Okolona Christian Church where he serves in the live video production studio and has served as a deacon.

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Assistant Director
 – Matthew Baucum

Matthew Baucum is originally from Paducah, Kentucky. He holds a Master of Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University. Mr. Baucum is currently in his 19th year teaching band and 13th year as Director of Bands at East Hardin Middle School in Glendale, Kentucky.  He also serves as an assistant band director at Central Hardin High School where he assists with the marching band and directs the trombone ensemble.

At East Hardin, Mr. Baucum conducts the 6th-8th grade bands, where approximately 30% of the student population is enrolled in the program. East Hardin Bands have consistently received distinguished ratings at Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Large Ensemble Assessments. In addition, East Hardin Band students consistently place well at all-district band auditions and have had great success at solo & ensemble festivals, receiving numerous distinguished ratings.

Mr. Baucum is a member the Kentucky Music Educators Association and has served as Fourth District Band Chair, Fourth District President, Fourth District Jazz Chair and was recently named the KMEA Fourth District Middle School Teacher of the year for 2017-2018, having previously received the same award in 2010 and 2015. In addition, he has served as a guest conductor for the KMEA District two All-District Middle School Band on two occasions, guest conductor for the Western Kentucky University Middle School Honor Band and has presented numerous trombone master classes and clinics, most recently for the 2017 KMEA Professional Development Conference where he presented on the topic of “Trombone Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Band Room.” Recently, Mr. Baucum was invited to be a guest conductor of the KMEA District One Middle School Honor Band in January 2018.

Before his appointment to East Hardin Middle School, Mr. Baucum was the Director of Bands at LaRue County Middle School in Hodgenville, Kentucky and at Reidland High School in Paducah, Kentucky. He lives in Upton, Ky. with his wife Kelly, children Huston and Lillian and two cats Darcy and Jake.


Assistant Director
 – Damon King

Damon King, originally from Bardstown, Kentucky, holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Campbellsville University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Teaching in Teacher Leadership from the University of The Cumberlands. Mr. King was a marching member of several drum corps including Southwind (2007), Blue Stars (2010) and he most recently marched with the 2013 Drum Corps International World Champions, Carolina Crown. Mr. King joins the Central Hardin band program as the assistant band director in what will be his fifth year of teaching and first year with the CHHS band. From 2014 through 2018 Mr. King served as the director of bands at Nelson County High School where he doubled the student enrollment in both the concert and marching band programs, received consistent distinguished ratings at Kentucky Large Ensemble Assessments and took his bands to four consecutive KMEA state semi-finals appearances. He also serves as a middle school band chair for the KMEA fourth district.

Mr. King currently lives in Eliabethtown, KY with his wife, Lindsey, and son, Oakley. He is also a member of the Heartland Winds where he plays trumpet.