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” of Discipline, Dedication & Diligence. It is through the systematic inclusion of these principles that professional qualities, beneficial to all students, regardless of the vocation they choose, are instilled.
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. Carley Herrington
Director of Bands, Choir & General Music Teacher at Dorothy & Noble Harrelson School
HCHS Assistant Band Director
HCHS Colorguard Instructor
Previously, Mrs. Herrington taught for three years in Dyer County Schools as the director of bands at Northview Middle School, where she taught the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands. In addition to her work at Northview Middle School, Mrs. Herrington was also an assistant band director at Dyer County High School where she assisted with teaching color guard, marching band, concert band, choir, music history, and various other classes. She also co-founded the Dyer County Winter Guard. Before that, Mrs. Herrington served a semester as the interim music teacher at Ramer Elementary, which is a K-8 school in McNairy County. There she taught Pre-K through 8th Grade general music classes and middle school choir, assisted in teaching middle school band, and was a teacher in the McNairy Central High School’s after-school program.
Carley Herrington is originally from Halls, Tennessee, where she was a member of the Golden Tiger Band Program under the direction of Chris Butner. Mrs. Herrington holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she studied horn under Dr. Michael Hernon and Dr. Jessie Thoman. During her time at UTM she was a part of the New Pacer Singers, the University Singers, the UTM Brass Quintet, the UTM Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, the Skyhawk Marching Band, Jazz Band, and University Chamber Players. She studied conducting with Dr. John Oelrich, Director of Bands, and music education with Dr. Jonathan Vest. Mrs. Herrington is a member of WTSBOA, WTVMEA, and NAfME. She is also an alumnae member of Sigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity.
Carley resides in Dresden, Tennessee with her husband, Thomas, and their three cats: Lola, Stravinsky, and Andy Nugget. She is enthusiastic about the musical team at Henry County Schools.
Mrs. Lauren Graves
HCHS Colorguard Director
Lauren began volunteering with the HCHS colorguard in 2016. Her first experiences in band were playing clarinet in middle school and included colorguard in high school. She auditioned for drum corps in high school and began spending her summers marching. First, with a start up Division III (open class) corps in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Volunteers, and later with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. At that time (’99-01 “Yellow Team”), Southwind was located in Lexington, Kentucky and under the administration of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps as a Division I (world class) corps. Membership in drum corps provided the mentorship of directors and teachers such as Patrick Seidling, Dan Peterson & Tracey Wooten. Off the field, Lauren instructed colorguards near her hometown.
Lauren is originally from Murray and grew up in Cookeville in middle Tennessee. She is a Murray State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and worked in Enrollment Management at Tennessee Technological University prior to moving to Henry County. She and Mr. Graves reside in Paris and have a son, Mason, that lives in Arizona. Her experiences in marching band, winterguard and drum corps inspire her guidance of the HCHS colorguard and she enjoys contributing to the marching arts of the community.
Mrs. Katherine Sam
Director of Bands. Choir & General Music Teacher at
Henry Elementary/Middle School
HCHS Percussion Director
Katherine Sam is in her third year as a teacher at Henry County High School. She is a graduate of 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 all music programs at Henry Elementary/ Middle School.
SouthCoast Music and Design - Show Design
Trevor Rundell - Wind Composer / Arranger
Jeremy Smith - Percussion Composer / Arranger
Jonathan Beavers - Drill Designer
Nic Hawkins - Drum Major Instructor
Jeff Moore - Batterie Instructor
Jalen Ware - Visual / Percussion Technician