The goal of the HCHS Band Program is to provide students with the most positive experience performing music in all its forms. If music is a passion of yours, we got you! Join the program and let us guide you to your dreams.

About The Program

In the HCHS Band program, character, behavior, and positive attitudes are valued as much as musical experience and talent. Everyone is afforded an opportunity to be the best that they can be in developing their musical skills. Every student in the program has (A) the opportunity to become the best student musician they are willing to work to be, (B) the chance to play a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, and (C) once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to perform on stage in front of audience in places like the Henderson Fine Arts Center, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Disney World, Washington DC, and Europe. Parents can trust that the band is a safe environment for their student and that they will have many and frequent opportunities to see their child perform, grow, and succeed.

Instrumental Instructors

Conner Kinmon

Conner Kinmon is currently a band director and guitar teacher at Henderson County High School. Mr. Kinmon comes to Henderson from the University of Kentucky where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to this appointment Mr. Kinmon worked in the Fayette County Public School system as a substitute teacher, exclusively subbing for band and music classes. Along with substitute teaching, Mr. Kinmon was the private instructor of trumpet at Lafayette High School. While attending UK, Mr. Kinmon was a senior assistant for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band. In addition to his high school duties, Mr. Kinmon remains an avid trumpet player. While attending the University of Kentucky, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and various chamber ensemble. In 2017, Conner co-conducted the University of Kentucky Brass Ensemble at the KMEA Annual Conference. Mr. Kinmon is a former member of the University of Kentucky trumpet ensemble, placing 2nd at the National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Division in both 2014 and 2016. Mr. Kinmon is also a member of Shades of Blue Trumpet Quintet, the first collegiate trumpet ensemble to record an album of original works written for trumpet ensemble. Mr. Kinmon is a proud colonel and fills his time directing the Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, Colonel's Brigade and Guard and Jazz Band.

Charles McManus

Charlie McManus is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Vocal emphasis and a Minor in Percussion Performance (2016). He is very glad to be teaching at Henderson County High School in his second year as a Music Director and Gifted & Talented Teacher. With his diverse education and experience in both vocal and instrumental areas of music, Mr. McManus works with both the band and the choir program. Additionally, he teaches the AP Music Theory class and has previously taught guitar.

SoFA Instrumental Program Pathway

There may be some adjustments made so please be aware that this layout may change at anytime as we adjust to better serve our students and their future employers.

Grade 9 

  • English 1 or Adv English 1 or Adv English 2
  • Algebra Concepts or Adv Algebra 1 or Adv Geometry
  • IPS or Adv IPS Or APES
  • World Civ or Adv World Civ or AP World History
  • PE And Health
  • Computer Applications
  • Art 1

Grade 10

  • English 2 or Adv English 2 or AP Seminar
  • Algebra 1 or Adv Geometry or Adv Algebra 2
  • Biology 0r Adv Biology Amer Studies or AP Gov’t
  • Art 2
  • AP Art History or Art 3
  • Elective

Grade 11

  • English 3 or AP English 3
  • Geometry or Adv Algebra 2 or AP Calculus
  • Chemistry or Adv Chemistry
  • US History or AP US History
  • AP 2D Design
  • AP Art History or Art 3
  • Elective

Grade 12

  • English 4 or AP English 4
  • Algebra 2 or AP Calculus/AP Statistics/College Alg
  • College path 4th Science
  • Elective
  • AP Drawing
  • AP 3D Design
  • Art Studio

*5 Required Courses include Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, AP Art 2D and AP Drawing and Capstone Submission