Michael J. Payne

Rank 1/National Board Certified Teacher (2020)
M. Ed Leadership Studies, University of Kentucky (2013)
B.M. in Music Education, University of Kentucky (2007)
SCAPA/Lafayette High School (2003)
Tel: 859-381-3311

Michael J.Payne is the Band Director at Bryan Station High School, where he conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Payne also coaches the chamber ensembles and directs the Marching Defenders. Other assignments include assisting the Bryan Station Middle School Bands and beginning band at Deep Springs Elementary.

Before returning to Bryan Station, Mr. Payne was the Director of Bands at George Rogers Clark High School and coordinator of band activities for the Clark County Public Schools. Mr. Payne led the band through the transition to the new school building, establishing new traditions and expanding on the proud heritage of bands in Clark County with distinguished performances in Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, Pep Band, and of course, the GRC Marching Band.

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 lives in Lexington with his wife, Sarah, who serves as the Orchestra Director at Frederick Douglass High School. They have two kids, Olivia and Benjamin.

Assistant Directors

Kevin Christie

Kevin Christie is a native of Humboldt, Tennessee and holds a Degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Music Degree from Morehead State University.  Mr. Christie began his teaching career in 1998 and has held positions in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. Throughout his career, his middle and high school bands have consistently received Distinguished and Superior Ratings at district, state and national level festivals and competitions, in concert, marching and jazz band. Mr. Christie marched as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and taught as brass instructor for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.  He is a member of NAfME, KMEA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and has served in a number of District and State offices for the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

Kelly Diamond

Mr. Kelly Diamond is a graduate of the University of Kentucky earning a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music.  Mr. Diamond has been a professional performer for more than 30 years playing with The U.S. Navy Band, Washington D.C., the Kentucky National Guard Band,  the Walt Disney World Band, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington Civic Orchestra, the Symphony of the Potomac, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and you can watch him on screen performing in the movie Clear, and Present Danger.  Additionally during his time in Washington, D.C. he taught tuba and low brass at George Mason University and Montgomery College.  

Mr. Diamond is in his 15th year of teaching and was the former director of the Georgetown Middle School band and Assistant Director of the Scott County High School band programs.  In 2019 he started as the Carter G. Woodson band director, Dixie Elementary, Lansdowne Elementary, and will be helping with the Bryan Station High School Band.