David Raney currently serves as the Director of Bands at Sparkman High School. He earned his Music Education Degree from the University of North Alabama and started teaching in 1998. He accepted the director of bands position at Sparkman High School in the fall of 2010. Mr. Raney is currently serving as President-Elect of the Alabama Music Educators Associations. As a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, he served as the ABA District 1 Chairman and a member of the ABA Music Selection Committee. In 2015 Mr. Raney was inducted into the Alabama Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and was awarded the Rho Chapter Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2016. Mr. Raney has served as a guest conductor at several honor bands and adjudicated various marching competitions across the southeast. He continues to play his trombone in numerous ensembles throughout North Alabama. He has two children, Allison and Ashley, and is married to Regina Raney who is the director of bands at Cedar Ridge Middle School.
Garry Taylor retired after a thirty-one year career as a band director, serving most of those years at Cullman High School in Cullman, Alabama. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University and Master’s Degree and A.A. Certificate from the University of North Alabama. He served as Vice-President and President of the Alabama Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He served twice as Chairman of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, District III as well as Recording Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Alabama Bandmasters Association. He received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America”, inducted into “Who’s Who among American High School Teachers” was selected “Featured Alumnus” of the Auburn University Bands, and is the recipient of the AMEA Barbara Odom Distinguished Service Award. In 2015 he was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame. Mr. Taylor is Executive Director of the Alabama Music Educators Association and Editor of Ala Breve, the official publication of AMEA. He currently conducts the Cullman Community Band and often serves as guest conductor of honor bands and as an adjudicator throughout the Southeast.
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