Welcome to the Karns High School Band Family and congratulations on your decision to be a part of the longstanding tradition of excellence that is the Karns Band. There are few organizations of any kind so rich in tradition and success that also include so many real-world experiences for student and parent alike. The 2013-14 school year gives us all the opportunity to carry on this outstanding tradition of excellence. The Karns Band provides musical activities that encompass a wide scope and allows everyone a chance to reach the highest possible level of success.

While the musical activities are the core of our program, the total band experience provides the student far more opportunities. During the year, the student will be able to build leadership skills; learn and apply planning, financial budgeting, and team building skills; and spend time with other students and adults who have direction and goals as an integral part of their lives.

The fall season emphasizes the excellence of our Marching Band. Our performances include a schedule of football games, marching competitions, as well as area parades.

The Karns Band program features an outstanding symphonic organization that has developed a reputation for musical excellence through concert and festival performances. The Symphonic Band will present several public concerts as well as perform in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Festival in the Spring.

SMI-111022-167The success of our Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion ensembles has offered more performance opportunities for our students and has enhanced the entire band program. Programs such as these involve select groups of students who will perform locally and travel to regional and national competitions during the winter months. The centerpiece of the Karns Band program is striving for excellence through dedication, learning, experience, and a team effort from students, parents, and staff. The substantial recognition that the Karns Band receives is largely a result of the successes of the past at reaching for and obtaining excellence. The coming year offers an exciting opportunity to build on that legacy. It is also important to note that one side benefit to the total band experience is the fun and lasting relationships and memories that are developed by both students and parents.  Hard-working students, dedicated staff, involved and active parents, and a supportive administration and community all combine to make it possible for the Karns Band Program to offer an outstanding array of musical opportunities. Our students are expected to set and reach high goals for themselves and their program, and the rewards of meeting those expectations are immeasurable. Members of the Karns High School Band develop musically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. The program is proud to have the highest GPA of any group at KHS.

This website is intended for use by students, parents, administrators, staff, and directors as a convenient source of information regarding various aspects of the Karns Band. We have tried to cover as thoroughly as possible every facet of the program. Students and parents should read this handbook carefully. Band members will be expected to understand and abide by all rules and regulations set forth in this book.

This site will serve as the online home for Knoxville, Tennessee’s Karns High School’s Band, Color Guard and Indoor Percussion.  You will find information about each here – including a calendar of upcoming important dates, parental consent and other forms, Booster information and a Photo Gallery.

Updates will be posted for Band, Color Guard and Indoor Percussion at those links.


  • July 25, 2016 8:30 amKHS Band Camp Week 2
  • July 26, 2016 8:30 amKHS Band Camp Week 2
  • July 27, 2016 8:30 amKHS Band Camp Week 2
  • July 28, 2016 8:30 amKHS Band Camp Week 2
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