Mr. Raymond attended Delta State University where he received a degree in music education. His primary instrument is the trombone and puts secondary focus on the euphonium and trumpet. He proudly serves his country as a soldier in the United States Army and a member of the 41st Army Band. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. When he is not feverishly practicing scales on trombone Mr. Raymond spends his free time collecting baseball cards and running. He has completed 47 marathons (yes, that’s 26.2 miles). From 2005-2009 Mr. Raymond spent his summers performing across the country as both a marching member and drum major for both the Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Columbus, OH and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from La Crosse, WI. Since finishing his time as performer Mr. Raymond has toured as a staff member for the Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Graham is a 2003 graduate of Petal High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2008. While at Southern Miss, Mr. Graham performed with the Percussion Ensemble, the Steel Pan Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Messengers Combo, and the Hattiesburg Choral Union. After graduating, he spent two years teaching percussion at Madison Central High School in Madison, MS, and four years teaching percussion at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg. He received his Master of Music from William Carey University in 2015. Mr. Graham is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. He resides in Petal with his wife, Molly, and daughters, Sophie and Bailee.
Ms. Russo is from Pensacola, Florida and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi Music Education Department. During her time at Southern Miss, she was a member of The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Flute Choir, Symphonic Winds, SIA Music Fraternity, Basketball Pep Band and lots more. She served as drum major for two years in The Pride. Her primary instrument is the flute/piccolo. After graduation, she substitute taught in Florida while also assisting band at a few local schools. She has plans to one day go back to school and earn a Masters as well as a Doctorate Degree. She has a dog, Oscar, and a cat, Oliver.
Austin White – Beat Four
Mr. White is an alto saxophonist originally from Vicksburg, MS. He attended Warren Central High School before beginning his education at Delta State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. After a few years of teaching in Northern Mississippi Mr. White returned to school and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
Chris Hansen – Wayne Central
Mr. Hansen is an alto saxophonist originally from Pensacola, FL. He attended Milton High School before beginning his education at the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Mr. Hansen also serves his country proudly as a soldier in the United States Army as a member of the 41st Army Band in Jackson, MS.