Mr. Kyle Graves
Director of Bands
Henry County High School
Mr. Graves is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Music under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Harris, Dr. Charles Decker, and Dr. Jennifer Shank. At TTU Mr. Graves was a member of many performing ensembles including: the Golden Eagle Marching Band both as a performer and as an undergraduate assistant to Dr. Harris, the Tennessee Tech Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Trumpet Ensemble. In 2001 he marched soprano bugle for DCI’s Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, where he met his wife, Lauren. During his formative years he was a trumpet player in the prestigious Adair County High School Marching Band of Columbia, Kentucky under the direction of Mr. Tim Allen.
Mr. Graves’ educational philosophy centers on the “Three D’s”; Discipline, Dedication and Diligence. Through the systematic inclusion of these principles we are able to instill professional qualities that will benefit students regardless of the vocation they choose.
Mr. Chris Watson
Director of Bands
Henry and Harrelson Elementary/Middle Schools
HCHS Assistant Band Director
Mr. Watson, a native of Evansville, Indiana, is in his eighth year teaching in the Henry County School System. He is the director of bands at Harrelson School and Henry School. He also founded/directs the Paris/Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble. At the high school he directs the HCHS Jazz Ensemble, assists with woodwind ensembles, and the HCHS Marching Patriots and Concert Band. During his time in Henry County, the band programs at Harrelson and HCHS continue to grow and receive superior ratings at festivals, Solo/Ensemble, contests, and regional honor bands. Mr. Watson graduated from Murray State University in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Music in Education and in 2015 he earned a Master's of Music in Education degree from Murray State University.
While at Murray State, Mr. Watson participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Racer Marching Band, Saxophone Quartet 1. Mr. Watson had the opportunity to perform at several national venues and guest artist with these ensembles. He is a student of Scott Erickson, John Fannin, Dennis Johnson, Dr. Bradley Almquist, Dr. Pamela Wurgler and Dr. Todd Hill. Mr. Watson has also worked with band programs and students in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee while in college. He is a member of Henry County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Bandmaster's Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Mr. Joseph Sam
Director of Bands
Lakewood Elementary/Middle School
HCHS Assistant Band Director
Joseph (Joey) Sam has served as the band director at Lakewood Middle School since October 2011. He has taught classes in general music education at both high school and elementary levels as well as assisting with the high school band program. Joseph has coached several students in both private lessons and in chamber groups in Henry County. These students have had successful auditions at both the All-West and All-State level and many have continued their musical careers into college as Music and Non-Music majors alike. The Henry county Saxophone and Clarinet Quartets performed several concerts and gigs throughout the Henry County area and beyond while under Mr. Sam's direction.
Joseph is originally from McKenzie, Tennessee and graduated from UT-Martin in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at UT-Martin, he was a member of the UT-Martin Marching Band, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartet, University Singers, and Saxophone Choir. Joey has worked with band programs and given private lessons to students throughout the West Tennessee area. He is a member of NAfME, WTSBOA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in Martin with his wife Katherine and their dogs Brodie and Mac.
Mrs. Katherine Sam
Director of Choral Activities
Grove Freshman School
HCHS Percussion Director
Katherine Sam is in her second year as a teacher at Henry County High School. She is recent graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin where she was a student of Dr. Julie Hill. While at UTM, she participated in many ensembles such as marching band, concert band, steel pan ensemble, and various world percussion ensembles. She has had the opportunity to work with top notch clinicians in the percussive world such as Meagan Nelson, Craig Loeffler, Dr. Daniel Heagney, Dr. Eric Willie, Dr. Josh Smith, Blake Tyson, and many more. Katherine has held leadership positions within different organizations in UTM’s Music Department including President of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and President of the UTM Percussion Society. While in marching band, Katherine was section leader of the front ensemble and was a Teacher’s Assistant for the percussion section. She has participated in the marching arts through performance and teaching including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and Music City Mystique in 2011 and 2012. She has been a front ensemble technician at different area high schools such as Trenton Peabody High School, Union City High School, Goodpasture Christian School, Gibson County High School, and South Gibson County High School. Mrs. Sam was endorsed by Innovative Percussion as of 2016. Currently, Katherine resides in Martin, TN with her husband Joey and is the Assistant Band Director at Henry County High School where she is in charge of the percussion, and 9th grade choral programs.
Mr. Blaine Bomar
Drum Major Instructor
A native of Paris, Tennessee, Mr. Nicholas Blaine Bomar has been involved in the music world for over sixteen years. He is a graduate of Henry County High School where he was a percussionist and the Drum Major for the award-winning Marching Patriots.
Bomar has served in every facet of the marching arts: performer, instructor, clinician, consultant, contest coordinator, and adjudicator. He serves as a Program Coordinator and Visual Consultant for marching bands throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Several of the groups he has worked and consulted with have earned spots in the final rounds at Tennessee State Marching Band Competitions and the KMEA State Marching Band Championships as well as several top awards at local and university competitions and festivals. Throughout the summer he holds several clinics in West Tennessee & Kentucky for high school drum majors and student leaders. In the summer of 2017, Bomar was given the opportunity with the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics to teach Student Leaders and Drum Majors throughout the country. While with FJM he taught well-over a thousand students across the nation. During the winter season, he works and consults with several indoor color guard organizations throughout Western Tennessee and Kentucky. They too have earned several outstanding awards including three bronze medals at the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championships in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bomar is a proud member of the Central States Judges Association, the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy, and the Texas UIL Marching Band Association where he studied adjudication under Dr. Joe Allison, Tim Hinton, and several other master adjudicators. In addition to his visual judging, Bomar is a highly sought out drum major judge in the state of Tennessee. While training with the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy, he was featured as a guest speaker on a nationwide podcast discussing how to effectively judge a drum major(s) performance. As of 2016, he was enrolled in the Marching Roundtable as a Marching Mentor to help educate aspiring judges how to properly evaluate. Bomar is also a part of the adjudication staff of E-Adjudicate, an online program that allows directors and students in several different categories to get feedback from very knowledgeable individuals. Presently, Bomar resides in Paris, Tennessee as the Drum Major Instructor for the Henry County High School Marching Patriots.
Mrs. Lauren Graves
HCHS Colorguard / Visual Staff
Lauren began volunteering with the Marching Patriots during the Fall 2016 season in which Kyle Graves accepted the Director of Bands position for HCHS. Her experience with the marching arts began in middle school through clarinet, but switched to colorguard in high school where she spun every fall & winter season. It was then that she discovered the sport of drum & bugle corps and immediately began spending her summer breaks participating. First, with a Div. III corps in Knoxville, Tennessee and later in a Division I corps in Lexington, KY, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. During that time (Yellow Team '99-01), Southwind was a reinvented world class corps under the administration of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps of Madison, Wisconsin and the direction of Pat Seidling. Membership granted Lauren the leadership of Cedric Nicholson, Jimmy Fursman, Phil Rumley, Ann Marie Harmon, Rodney Bailey, Tracy Wooten and other esteemed colorguard & drum corps influencers. After drum corps, Lauren consulted and directed colorguard near her hometown of Cookeville in Middle Tennessee. Her passion for furthering colorguard comes from the knowledge that the activity is a unique creative outlet, offering lessons that members carry far beyond the field.
Ms. Khadijah Combs
HCHS Colorguard Staff
A native of Paris, Tennessee, Ms. Khadijah Combs has been one of the Color Guard Instructors for the Marching Patriots since the spring of 2013. Ms. Combs is an alumnus of Henry County High School where she participated in the fall color guard and played violin in the Henry County High School Symphonic Band for four years. While in high school and college she participated in an independent winter guard organization for seven consecutive seasons where she was named head captain for her last two years. During her time as head captain the group earned a Bronze Medal at the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championships in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Henry County the color guard program has won several outstanding awards in the outdoor and indoor seasons including the SCGC Tennessee State Champion Award. Presently, Ms. Combs resides in Paris as a Teacher's Assistant in the Henry County School System and with her daughter Emilee Brianna Combs.
John Fannin - Drill Designer
Trevor Rundell - Wind Composer / Arranger
Micaiah Radcliffe - Percussion Composer / Arranger
Dakota Noble - High Brass
Lucy Presson - Low Brass
Stephen Courtney - Low Brass
Jalen Ware - Visual / Percussion Technician