Not for the Faint of Heart: Henry Clay Marching Band providing a solid training ground for life

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Marching band is not for the faint of heart. Determined. Talented. Dedicated. Resilient. Those are but a few terms to describe the 112 band members at Henry Clay High School, where they know they are not only valued as individuals but also integral to the group’s overall success. “We use the word ‘family’ since we’re always looking out for each other,”...

Fayette County Public Schools staffers, students earn accolades at KMEA fall meeting

Several staffers and music ensembles from Fayette County Public Schools recently received accolades at the regional KMEA fall meeting. The District 7 award winners were: Elementary Teacher of the Year – Chris McDowell of Clays Mill Elementary; Middle School Teacher of the Year – Nathan Wilson of Leestown Middle; High School Teacher of the Year – Kelly Mayes of Bryan Station High School; and Citation...

Three ensembles from Fayette County invited to perform at Kentucky Music Association conference

Three ensembles to perform at KMEA’s state conference 

Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools are invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville. The three include two band ensembles and one choir. They are: • Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at...

Henry Clay band director named 2014 'Great Teacher' from the Rotary Club of Lexington

Bill Kite, the band director at Henry Clay High School, has received the 2014 John R. Bryden Great Teacher Award from the Rotary Club of Lexington. The $1,000 award, which is made possible in part by a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation, is presented in memory of longtime Rotarian and scholarship committee member Jack Bryden.   Kite was selected based on the nomination essay by student James...