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.

Vanessa Lee

Vanessa Lee was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived briefly in Daytona Beach, Florida, but was raised in Russell Springs, Kentucky-- which is where she developed her love of music. While in grade school, Mrs. Lee began studying the art of Percussion. Later, Mrs.Lee received her Integrated Music Education Bachelor of Arts Degree at Western Kentucky University. Prior to graduation, she was hired to work with several established band programs throughout the state of Kentucky including, but not limited, to Barren County Bands, Russell County Bands, Cumberland County Bands, South Warren Bands, Warren Central Bands, and Western Kentucky University Marching Front Ensemble. Currently, Mrs. Lee teaches Piano, Music Theory, Guitar, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble for Henderson County High School as well as after-school activities such as Varsity Winterguard, Junior Varsity Winterguard, Middle School Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band. Since being hired at Henderson County High School, the marching has received its highest final KMEA placement since 2001. In addition to her career, Mrs. Lee enjoys spending time with her husband Benjamin, being in nature, traveling, and bible studies.

SoFA Instrumental Program Pathway

PLEASE NOTE: This is a suggested curriculum to help better plan your schedule. You do NOT have to take all classes listed. However, you MUST take SOFA Instrumental each year. 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.

Grade 9

  • English 1
  • Algebra 1
  • Integrated Physical Science
  • World Civilization
  • Heath/PE
  • Technology and Finance

ELECTIVES (1): SOFA Instrumental (Must take) 

Grade 10

  • English 2
  • Algebraic Data
  • Biology
  • American Studies

ELECTIVES (3): SOFA Instrumental (Must take), Other electives: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Skills, Jazz/Prep Theory

Grade 11

  • English 3
  • Geometry
  • Chemistry
  • US History

ELECTIVES (3): SOFA Instrumental (Must take), Other electives: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Skills, Jazz/Prep Theory

Grade 12

  • English 4
  • Algebra 2

ELECTIVES (5): SOFA Instrumental (Must take), Other electives: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Skills, Jazz/AP Music Theory