Throughout its history, the KHS Band has been guided by an illustrious list of directors:

  • 1950 – Mr.George Moore
  • 1951 – 1958 Thomas Munafo “Tommy, the music man”
  • 1959 – 1960 John Thomas
  • 1960 – 1962 Ervin Hamme
  • 1963 – 1964 Ray D. Stevens
  • 1964 – 1967 Thomas Lynn
  • 1967 – 1975 Tom McDonald
  • 1975 – 1976 Howard Lerner
  • 1976 – 1979 Carol Greene
  • 1979 – 1981 Jim Devine
  • 1981 – 1985 Douglas Yopp
  • 1985 – 1988 Alan Clark
  • 1988 – 1992 Kenneth Nickse
  • 1992 – 1993 Christian Tordahl
  • 1993 – 1997 Chuck Fulton
  • 1997 – 1999 Rebecca Phillips
  • 1999 – 2002 Kevin Crawford
  • 2002 – 2003 Matt Buckmaster
  • 2003 – 2006 Luis Alvarez
  • 2006 – 2008 Chris Revett
  • 2008 – 2012 Gabriel Hinton
  • 2012 – 2015 Monica Eich
  • 2015 – 2018 Ronald Lagg
  • 2019 – Present Anithio Miller

Each of these directors has left their unique mark on the program, cultivating a legacy of excellence and passion for music.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Kathleen High School Band

Group Photograph from the yearbook of the 1951 Kathleen High School Band on the steps of the original Kathleen High School Campus. Photo Credit: 1951 KHS yearbook

Embark on a thrilling journey through time as we delve into the rich history of the Kathleen High School (KHS) Band, a program steeped in tradition and dedicated to fostering academic excellence, personal development, social enrichment, musical growth, group identity, recreation, school pride, and community service.

Established in 1950, the KHS Band started as a modest group of 26 musicians, led by the visionary Mr. George Moore. It quickly evolved, and by 1951, under the baton of the charismatic Thomas G. Munafo, a.k.a. “Tommy the Music Man”, the band grew to 49 members in dazzling new uniforms, thrilling audiences with their musical prowess and innovative performances. 

The KHS Band has always been a trailblazer, participating in numerous local and national events, showcasing their extraordinary talent. As early as 1953, the band was participating in Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) District Contests, earning accolades and recognition for their performances.

A testament to their dedication and hard work, the KHS Band made history in 1955, earning Superiors in both the Concert and Sight-Reading contests at the FBA District Contest. This remarkable achievement propelled them to the FBA State Contest in Miami, Florida, where they received an overall score of Excellent.

Throughout the years, the KHS Band has continued to excel in various competitions, concerts, and events, showcasing their dedication to musical growth and school pride. They have consistently participated in FBA District and State contests, parades, and community concerts, earning a reputation for excellence and innovation.

The KHS Band has not only been a platform for musical excellence but also a crucible for personal and social growth. Members have formed lasting friendships, honed their skills, and developed a strong sense of identity and pride as part of a tight-knit community.

Beyond the concert hall, the KHS Band has demonstrated a commitment to service, participating in parades, fundraisers

Photograph of Music Trainer Mr. George Moore. Source 1950 KHS Interarbores yearbook
Music Teacher George Moore - Credit: Interarbores 1950
Photograph from 1951 KHS yearbook of Band Master - Mr.Thomas G. Munafo. Source: 1951 KHS Interarbores yearbook
Band Master Thomas G. Munafo - Credit: Interarbores 1951
A black and white yearbook photo of the 1951 Pride of Kathleen Red Devil Band standing in parade formation. Source: 1951 KHS Interarbores Yearbook