DIRECTOR OF BANDS
COLOR GUARD DIRECTOR
Prior to taking the Director position at Bryan County Middle/ High School, Avery studied Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama under the greats Kenneth G. Bodiford, Jeremy Stovall, and Clint Gillespie. During his time at Jacksonville State, Avery performed with the Marching Southerners, Jazz Combo, Tuba/ Euphonium Studio, the Jacksonville State Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and was principle chair of Wind Ensemble. Avery is an alumni of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Epsilon Nu. Avery grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. During his time at Oak Grove High School, Avery participated in middle school band, eventually going on to march with the Oak Grove High School Marching Band. His senior year he was tuba section leader and field captain. During the winter season, Avery competed all four years with the indoor drumline playing in the front ensemble and cymbal line. Currently, Avery lives in Ellabell, GA with his wife Bailey, their two dogs (Bear and Lrrr) and two cats (Zora and Grogu).
Prior to becoming an educator and Color Guard Director at Bryan County Middle High School, Bailey was a teacher in Savannah. Bailey graduated with a Secondary History Education degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. During her time there, she was a member of the Marching Southerners Color Guard and a consistent President's List Scholar. It is also where she met her husband, Avery Gallups. Bailey grew up in Harvest, Alabama near the Tennessee state line (which has made her an unfortunate Tennessee Football fan). Bailey graduated from Sparkman High School where she was a member of the Marching Senators Color Guard, Winter Guard, Musical Theatre, Drama Club, JROTC Officer, SGA, FTA, and many other clubs and organizations.
When Bailey is not teaching Social Studies or Color Guard, she can be found buying another pair of Birkenstocks, lounging on the couch with her favorite fur child Zora, or reading the same book series for the umpteenth time.
Prior to becoming an educator, Esports coach, and Drumline Director at Bryan County Middle/High School, Jonathan studied Secondary History Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. While attending Georgia Southern University, Jonathan marched with the Southern Pride Marching Band Drumline. Jonathan grew up in St. Marys, Georgia, right on the Florida Georgia line, and attended Camden County High School. During his time in high school, Jonathan was a member of the Marching Wildcats Drumline, the Camden County String Ensemble, and the Musical Theatre Pit Band.
Outside of teaching Georgia Studies and Drumline, Jonathan can be found playing video games with his high school buddies, rewatching old TV shows with his fiancée, cooking, and taking care of his two cats Bonnie and Lil’ Sebastian.