Our Team

 
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Nate Clark - Director

Nate Clark is the recently appointed band director at DCHS. Previously working as the assistant band director Mr. Clark was responsible for the DCHS Jazz Bands, Indoor Winds and United Sound. Mr. Clark has written arrangements and drill for area high school marching bands, indoor ensembles and the WKU Big Red Marching Band. In addition to his employment at DCHS Mr. Clark also served as the band director at Webster County High School from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Clark completed his master's degree in Conducting through Western Kentucky University in the spring of 2019.

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Kyle Payton - Asst Director

Mr. Kyle Payton lives in Sturgis Kentucky with his wife Gabrielle and two children Annika and Graham. Mr. Payton is originally from Grayson County where he graduated from high school in 2003. Mr. Payton earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Murray State University in 2010. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Music Education at Murray State University. Mr. Payton’s first teaching experience took him to Union County.. Under the direction of Mr. Payton, the Union County Band ensembles earned Distinguish Ratings and State appearances multiple years. Mr. Payton’s prior teaching experiences before Union County include multiple years of Percussion instructor for several area counties, Visual instructor for area counties, and Winter Percussion instructor for Impact Audio Theatre in 2007. Mr. Payton has received multiple awards while as a Percussionist and has toured around the United States performing for various venues. Mr. Payton is excited to be apart of the Daviess County High School Band of Pride and wants to continue the tradition of excellence for all the ensembles.

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Matt Bristow

Matt Bristow has been married to his wife Caitlyn for 9 years & has three kids (with a fourth on the way!) They’re all the best thing about him. Matt started his time at Daviess County as a student in 2002, playing trumpet in the Band of Pride until 2006 where he also served as the trumpet section leader for the 2004 State Finalist band, and was drum major in 2005 when the DC BOP made their first ever trip to BOA Grand National Championships. He came back to teach Brass and Visual for the BOP in 2008, 2009, & 2010. After High School Matt attended Campbellsville University where he performed trumpet with the CU Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and sang tenor in the CU Chorale. Following Campbellsville Matt went on to perform with the 2-time World Champion Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 & 2010; after aging out Matt was a member of the Madison Scout Visual Staff in 2011. Since 2017 Matt has had the privilege to serve as a member of the Brass & Visual staff for the DC BOP. He has served in the same role with the DC Indoor Winds group; achieving the Scholastic A Class Bronze Medal at the 2018 WGI World Championships, and being crowned the WGI Independent A Class World Champion in 2019.

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Jennifer Marks

Jennifer Marks is the Color Guard Director. Jennifer has lived in Owensboro for two with her dog, Lincoln, and works at the Green River Area Development District as a Public Administration Specialist. Jennifer is an alumni of Madisonville North Hopkins High School, where she was an active member of the color guard and winter guard programs for five years. She attended Murray State University and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration. During her undergraduate years, Jennifer marched in the Racer Band Color Guard and participated in independent winter guard programs. Jennifer has been a color guard instructor since 2010 and it continues to be her passion

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Clay Harley

An alum of the Band of Pride, Clay is Co-Percussion Director, mainly focusing on the battery. After graduating, he went on the march for Tates Creek Indoor (2016), Inov8 Winter Percussion (2017-2018), and aged out with the Madison Scouts in the summer of 2018. He is also a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University. During his time there he was involved in the steel band, percussion ensemble, and the Big Red Marching Band.