Michael J. Payne
M. Ed Leadership Studies, University of Kentucky (2013)
B.M. in Music Education, University of Kentucky (2007)
SCAPA/Lafayette High School (2003)
Tel: 859-744-6111 x3112
Michael J.Payne is the Director of Bands at George Rogers Clark High School and coordinator of band activities for the Clark County Public Schools. Mr. Payne’s teaching responsibilities at GRC include the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, Chamber Ensembles, Music Technology, and a section of Arts and Humanities (HAVPA).
Under Mr. Payne’s direction, the GRC Bands have earned distinguished ratings annually at district and state assessments, performed in nationally televised parades, and regularly attend regional performance opportunities including those sponsored by Music for All/Bands of America and Essentially Ellington.
Before GRC, Mr. Payne served for three years as the Assistant Director of Bands for Bryan Station High School, leading the freshman concert band and assisting with the marching and symphonic band.
Prior to returning to Central Kentucky, Mr. Payne was a Band Director at New Castle Chrysler High School and New Castle Middle School in New Castle, IN, helping the marching band attain its highest finish ever in the ISSMA Indiana State Finals (4th). Before New Castle, he was the Assistant Band Director at Belzer Middle School in Lawrence Township/Indianapolis, IN.
Mr. Payne has been a Music and Visual Tech for State Champion and Band of America Grand National finalists Lafayette (KY) and Lawrence Central (IN) HS Marching Bands. He also taught Drum Corps International finalist Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from Lacrosse, WI.
Mr. Payne has stayed active as a performer, most recently with the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA). While in Indiana, he was the baritone saxophonist with the Indiana Wind Symphony and performed with the Carmel (IN) Symphony Orchestra. He performed on mellophone with the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005. While at UK, he performed as a member of the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, Mega Sax Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and served as the Drum Major for the Wildcat Marching Band for two years. Mr. Payne is an alumnus of the KY All State Jazz Ensemble. He is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and currently holds membership in KMEA/NAfME.
Mr. Payne lives in Lexington with his wife, Sarah, who serves as the Orchestra Director at Frederick Douglass High School, and their daughter, Olivia.
It’s Instrumental (Part of 2015 KMEA Clinic Presentation)