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 fiancée Bailey, their two dogs (Bear and Lrrr) and cat (Zora).
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
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 fiance, 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, planning her wedding, lounging on the couch with her favorite fur child Zora, or reading the same book series for the umpteenth time.