About The Directors

 

Mr. Albert L. Bussey, Jr.- Director of Bands of the 2014 Silver Division Grand Championship Golden Gator Band and also serves as Fine Arts Department Head at Ware County High School.

Mr. Bussey came to Waycross after serving as an assistant director with Valdosta High’s Marchin’ Cats for three years. Upon arrival to Waycross in 1991, He served as assistant director for two years with Waycross High’s “Pride of Waycross” and in 1993 - 1994; served as the Director of Bands for Waycross High School during the “Ultimate” year of the school. Under Mr. Bussey’s leadership the marching band received superior ratings and traveled to London England. The Advanced Symphonic Band also received superior ratings at the GMEA District Festival. His ensembles here at Ware County High School have traveled across the USA including from Waycross to Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach and Washington DC. These ensembles including Jazz and Concert ensembles have received the highest rating and numerous Grand Championships. 

Mr. Bussey graduated from Lowndes High School in 1984 where he served as Drum Major his senior year for the “Ga. Bridgeman”. He graduated from Valdosta State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Music Education. While at VSU he served as Drum Major two years, sang in the concert, chamber and gospel choirs and was a 1st chair trombone player in both the concert and jazz band. Mr. Bussey graduated from Troy State University with a Masters in Secondary Education in 2009.

He is a member of the Ga. Music Educators Association of which he serves as the State Multi-cultural Chair, District 8 Band Chair and Jazz Chair and has been a guest columnist for Ga. Music News.

In 2014 the Advanced Symphonic band was selected to play at the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational.  Mr. Bussey’s jazz, concert and marching bands have received numerous superior ratings and he regularly judges throughout the state at marching and concert festivals.

He serves as Presiding Bishop and CEO of Victory Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc. He is, since 1988, very happily married to the former Crystal Norman of Dixie, Ga. and they have four children Albert III, Anthony, Andrew and Amber.

Alan Carter-  Mr. Carter is currently in his second year as the Director of Bands and Choirs at Ware County Middle School.   Under his direction, the bands and choirs have received superior ratings.  He also serves as Assistant Director to the Ware County High School Golden Gator Band.

Prior to coming to Ware County, Mr. Carter was the Director of Bands at Brooks County Middle School and also worked with the Brooks County High School Marching Trojan Regiment  serving as Assistant Director, Visual and Auxiliary Coordinator.  During his 26 years in Brooks County, his bands have received superior ratings in many band contests and festivals.  He was also selected as "Teacher of the Year" for Brooks County Middle School in 2006.

Mr. Carter is a 1982 graduate of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia where he was a member of the Marchin' Cats, Jazz Cats and the accompanist for the VHS Chorus.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Valdosta State University in 1986.  Mr. Carter has served as guest clinician throughout the southeast and has served on judging panels at various musical venues.  He has also done musical arranging for marching bands, concert bands and church choirs as well as solo and ensemble music for church.  He is now beginning to compose literature for concert bands.  

He is a member of the "Georgia Music Educators Association" where he has served as the District 2 Vice-Chairman 2000-2002, Chairman 2002-2006, and Instrumental Chair 2006-2012.  He became the District 8 Vice-Chairman in 2015.    Professional memberships include "National Association for Music Educators", "Professional Association of Georgia Educators", "Tau Beta Sigma", "American College of Student Musicians", and the "America College of Piano Teachers."  Other awards include "Outstanding Young Men in America", and "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."  He has served as accompanist and as Assistant Musical Director for the Peach State Summer Theatre, accompanist for the Valdosta Symphony Chorus, and member of the "Sine Nomine Singers" of Valdosta.  He is currently a charter member of the "Azalea Winds"  Mr. Carter attends Faith Baptist Church of Valdosta where he has served as music director for the past 31 years and pianist for the past 38 years. 

Brooke Richardson- Currently in her 4th year as Director of bands at Waycross Middle School and her 7th year as Auxiliary Director /Assistant Band Director, with the Golden Gator Marching Band. Prior to coming to Waycross, she spent 3 years at Ware County Middle School as the Assistant Band Director and Choral Director, 2 years in Bacon County as a General Music teacher at Bacon County Elementary, a Band Director at Bacon County Middle School, and Assistant Band Director/Auxiliary Coordinator/Winter Guard Instructor with the Bacon County High School’s Marching Band. Brooke graduated “Cum Laude” with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance on flute from Valdosta State University. Over the past 13 years, she has performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Wind Ensemble, the Valdosta Blazin’ Brigade on flag, many small ensembles, and The Brewton Parker Community Wind Ensemble. She is currently a member of the Women Band Directors International and the Georgia Music Educators Association. Brooke is a former member of the Golden Gator Marching Band and a native of Waycross, Ga.  Brooke is married to Jamie Richardson of Chula, Ga. and they have one child, Kaydance Richardson who is 4. Her parents are Joe and Katryna Hayes of Waycross.

Michael Leeth- Originally from northeast Alabama, Michael Leeth received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University. Michael has been the Percussion Director and Assistant Band Director at WCHS since 2006. In that time he has lead the marching drumline, percussion ensemble, indoor drumline, jazz combo, and WCMS beginner band.

Mr. Leeth has tutored music students of all ages across the southeast for 16 years. Over the last 14 years, Michael has performed with various orchestras across the southeast, and currently performs with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. He has also been a featured performer at the Alabama and North Carolina Days of Percussion.

Mr. Leeth is a Vic Firth endorsed educator, as well as a sought after clinician and adjudicator for marching band festivals. He is also a member of the National Association for Music education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Percussive Arts Society. Michael is happily married to his wife Jessica and together they have two children, Alex and David who turn one in October.

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