– 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 Derby City Brass Band, Louisville Concert Band, Sacred Winds Ensemble, President Lincoln’s Own Band, the OCC Orchestra, the Derby City Tuba Quartet (a two-time NABBA small ensemble national champion), and the Louisville Orchestra. 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 for the past 2 years, and were a 2011 Grand National Semifinalist. In February of 2013, the Central Hardin Band performed at the KMEA State Conference. Under his direction, the Central Hardin Bands have grown from 52 members in 2004 to currently over 175 students.
Mr. Centers currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife of 19 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.
– 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 seventh year as Director of Bands at East Hardin Middle School in Glendale, Kentucky and as assistant band director at Central Hardin where he assists with the marching and pep bands and directs the jazz 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 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 has served KMEA as Fourth District Band Chair, Fourth District President and was named the Fourth District Middle School Teacher of the year in 2010. In addition, he has served as a guest conductor for the District two All-District Middle School Band and presented numerous trombone master classes and clinics, most recently for the 2011 CMENC Conference where he presented on the topic of beginning trombonists. 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.
– Tyler Cantrell
Tyler Cantrell is originally from Mayfield, Kentucky. As a percussionist, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky where he graduated summa cum laude in 2012. While at UK, Mr. Cantrell studied percussion under DCI Hall of Fame inductee Professor James Campbell. Mr. Cantrell was a member of the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble as principal percussionist where he performed at the College Band Directors’ National Association convention and the inauguration of UK President Eli Capilouto. He was a member of the Wildcat Marching Band, UK Steel Band, UK Percussion Group, and Kentucky Music Educators’ Association (KMEA) Intercollegiate Band. He was also a member of the UK Percussion Ensemble, where they performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2011.
Mr. Cantrell is an alum for the Governor’s School for the Arts and has returned to the program the past three summers where he served as the Instrumental Music Discipline Assistant.
This marks Mr. Cantrell’s first year at Central Hardin High School as Assistant Director where he teaches arts and humanities classes along with various duties with the marching and concert bands. Previously, he has worked as an assistant to the director at George Rogers Clark High School and as front ensemble instructor at Mayfield High School, Lexington Christian Academy, Bryan Station High School, George Rogers Clark High School, and Graves County High School.