Matthew Baucum is originally from Paducah, Kentucky. He holds a Master of Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University. Mr. Baucum is currently in his 18th year teaching band and twelfth year as Director of Bands at East Hardin Middle School in Glendale, Kentucky. He also serves as an assistant band director at Central Hardin High School where he assists with the marching band and directs the trombone ensemble.
At East Hardin, Mr. Baucum conducts the 6th-8th grade bands, where approximately 30% of the student population is enrolled in the program. East Hardin Bands have consistently received distinguished ratings at Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Large Ensemble Assessments. In addition, East Hardin Band students consistently place well at all-district band auditions and have had great success at solo & ensemble festivals, receiving numerous distinguished ratings.
Mr. Baucum is a member the Kentucky Music Educators Association and has served as Fourth District Band Chair, Fourth District President and was recently named the KMEA Fourth District Middle School Teacher of the year for 2017-2018 and has previously received the same award in 2010 and 2015. In addition, he has served as a guest conductor for the KMEA District two All-District Middle School Band on two occasions, guest conductor for the Western Kentucky University Middle School Honor Band and has presented numerous trombone master classes and clinics, most recently for the 2017 KMEA Professional Development Conference where he presented on the topic of "Trombone Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the Band Room." Mr. Baucum is honored to be invited to be a guest conductor of the KMEA District One Middle School Honor Band in January 2018.
Before his appointment to East Hardin Middle School, Mr. Baucum was the Director of Bands at LaRue County Middle School in Hodgenville, Kentucky and at Reidland High School in Paducah, Kentucky. He lives in Upton, Ky. with his wife Kelly, children Huston and Lillian and two cats Darcy and Jake.
Kevin Leonard, Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. Leonard joins the faculty at East Hardin Middle School as the Assistant Director of Bands. Prior to this appointment, he was a music instructor for many award winning high school bands across Kentucky for over 11 years. He has also served on the staff for three World Class Drum and Bugle Corps. A native of Hardin County, Kevin graduated from North Hardin High School. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Kentucky University.
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