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 Pooler, GA with his fiancée Bailey, their two dogs (Bear and Lrrr) and cat (Zora). 

Avery Gallups