About Halls High Band

Halls High Band is a nationally recognized award winning high school band program directed by Eric Baumgardner, Ashley Waller, and Tiffany Kimbro at Halls High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Programs and Classes

  • Marching Band & Colorguard
  • Indoor Drumline
  • Winterguard
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band

Productions and Accomplishments

2019-2020 Season

Marching Band “Out of the Ashes”

Indoor Drumline “Somewhere in Between”

HHS Winterguard “Lost”

HMS Winterguard “Almost There”

2018-2019 Season

Marching Band “ArIse”
Spirit of the Valley | Grand Champions
Contest of Champions | 9th Place

Indoor Drumline

HHS Winterguard “Wash Away”

HMS Winterguard “Opening up”

2017-2018 Season

Marching Band “Mirror Mirror”

HMS Winterguard “Meow Music”
ETPAA Championships Prep Class Champions

Indoor Drumline “Spark of Ingenuity”

2016-2017 Season

Marching Band “Clockworks”


2015-2016 Season

Marching Band “Shadows Among Us”

Indoor Drumline “Garden of Reflection”

Community Events
Represented Halls High School at the Halls Christmas Parade
Represented the Halls Community in the Knox County Veterans Day Parade in Knoxville
Jazz Band performed for the Halls Band Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Jazz Band performed for the Halls Alumni Association Dinner
Jazz Band performed at the Outdoor Classroom
Jazz Band performed for the  Annual Halls Crossroads Car Show

2014-2015 Season

Marching Band Accomplishments “Rise Above”
Karns Marching Invitational | Superior Rating – 3rd Place
Fulton Classic | Superior Rating – Class 4A Champion – Highest Score of the Day
The Contest of Champions | Superior Rating – 9th Place overall
Band Beat Marching Band Championships | Superior Rating – 4th place Class 4A

Indoor Drumline Accomplishments “Pale Blue Dot”
HVA CIPA Show | 1st Place in PSO
Halls CIPA Show | 1st Place in PSO
WGI Spartanburg | 3rd Place in Prelims, 4th Place in Finals, 6 straight years as Regional Finalists
CIPA | 1st Place  and graduated to Open Class with 84.4
CIPA Championships | 2nd Place in PSO
World Championships | Participants

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Superior Rating at Concert Festival, Knoxville TN
Superior Rating in Sight Reading at Concert Festival, Knoxville TN

2013-2014 Season

Marching Band “Koto”

Indoor Percussion “Forever”
Dorman Qualifier | 2nd 72.5
Hardin Valley | 1st 85.25
WGI Spartanburg | 5th 73.2   Prelims
WGI Spartanburg | 5th 75.1   Finals
WGI Dayton | 4th 79.55  Prelims
WGI Dayton | 4th 77.7     Finals
Halls | 1st 80.2
Championships | 2nd   85.3

Symphonic Band
Superior Rating on stage at Concert Festival, Knoxville TN
Superior Rating in sight reading at Concert Festival, Knoxville TN



    Eric Baumgardner | High School Band Director

Mr. Eric Baumgardner is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he obtained a B.S. degree in Music Education. He also holds a M.Ed. in Supervision and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. He is a former member of the University of Tennessee ‘Pride of the Southland’ Marching Band. While in college he also performed with a variety of other ensembles including the UT Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Civic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Choir, Steel Drum Band, and Studio Orchestra.Eric has also performed with the Knoxville Symphony and the Oak Ridge Symphony in the percussion section. He has studied with Michael Combs, Keith Brown, Robert Adamcik, Andrew Adzima and Tim Paul. Mr. Baumgardner served as the Assistant Director of Bands at South-Doyle Middle and High Schools for nine years. During those years, he developed an award-winning percussion program, which performed with Shania Twain in 2004. He also organized the first South-Doyle Middle Jazz Band. Mr. Baumgardner is currently the Band Director at Halls High School where he oversees the Marching Band, directs the Symphonic Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble and teaches AP Music Theory. In 2009 & 2011, he was named Halls High School Teacher of the Year. He was also named a Teacher of the Month by the Halls Business and Professional Association. His professional affiliations include: MENC, TMEA, ETSBO&A, TEA, and PAS. Under Mr. B’s leadership, the Halls Indoor Percussion Ensemble has had an unprecedented amount of success. Since taking over the group in 2005 they have never placed lower than 3rd in Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA) sanctioned contests. The group has been a finalist at the WGI Spartanburg Regional the last three years placing 1st and 7th place at World Championships in 2011.

He has also worked with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camps by hosting a camp each year since 2002. The guest clinicians have included Jim Bailey, John Brennan, Lamar Burkhalter, Dr. Gifford Howarth, Brett Kuhn, Jeff Moore, Michael McIntosh, Matt Savage, & Jim Yakas.

In his spare time, Eric also serves part-time at Central Baptist Church Bearden as Director of Instrumental Music where he leads the Central Orchestra and Brass Quintet. He is happily married to his wife, Donna. They have a beautiful daughter, Anna.


   Ashley Waller | Assistant High School Band Director

Ms. Ashley Waller is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2005 and a Master of Music in Music Education in 2006.Her tenure at the University of Tennessee included membership in the “Pride of the Southland Marching” Band, UT Symphonic Band, UT Studio Orchestra, and the UT Trumpet Ensemble.

Ms. Waller has also participated in several professional organizations such as C-MENC, Tennessee Music Educators Association, International Trumpet Guild, and the College Music Society.


   Tiffany Kimbro | Middle School Band Director

In her role as Director of the Halls Middle School Band, Mrs. Tiffany Kimbro plays an essential role in the ongoing development of the HHS Band program.

She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science in music education and Masters degree.