Staff

Matt Walker – WCHS, WMS

Mr. Walker is a 2002 graduate of Wayne County High School and received his Associates Degree from Jones County Junior College in 2004 and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Delta State University in 2006.  He received his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in the Spring of 2012. He was the band director for the Enterprise School District from 2007 – 2010 where he was chosen Star Teacher in 2009. He was assistant director for the Clinton School District from 2010 to 2013 .  Mr. Walker has been the Camp Director/Owner of the All-Star Band Camp held at Hinds Community College since 2011.  Mr. Walker became Director of Bands for the Wayne County School District in 2013. He has two daughters, Claire and Emma.

Joe Raymond – Buckatunna

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 33 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

Don Bell – Beat Four

Mr. Bell is from Laurel, MS and graduated at the top of his class from Northeast Jones High School in 2008. He received his Associates Degree from Jones County Junior College in 2011. Mr. Bell was a member and Horn Sergeant of Forte Drum and Bugle Corps from Dallas, Texas from 2010-2011.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. While attending USM, he was a member of the Horn Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Bell was chosen to participate in the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany. Mr. Bell student taught at South Jones High School and at Petal High School. During his college career, Mr. Bell has taught at several band camps throughout the state and private lessons for local high schools. 

Allen Graham – WCHS

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.

 Victoria Russo – Clara

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.