Members and Staff of the SCSO



Richard Bell Photo
Dr. Richard Bell, Founder and Conductor
Dr. Richard Bell is founder and principal conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Bell is director of the Clayton State University’s orchestra program. He is highly regarded as an educator, conductor, clinician and composer. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Florida State University and a doctoral degree from University of Georgia in Athens. After 21 years in the Clayton County Schools he began an orchestra program in the Henry County Schools at Union Grove Middle School and Union Grove High School in 2003. Dr. Bell has earned many honors and awards during his career, including: the STAR Teacher Award, the Atlanta Journal Constitution Honor Teacher Nomination and the Wal-Mart Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. He has been married to Angie Bell. They have two sons – Will and Cooper.

Mike Puckett Photo
Michael Puckett, Conductor
A proud alumni, Michael received both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education & Tuba Performance and a Master of Music (Instrumental Conducting) from Georgia State University.  Currently serving as principal tuba and associate conductor with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Puckett continues to perform with multiple jazz and symphonic groups in the Atlanta area.  Michael currently serves on the adjunct faculty of Clayton State University teaching low brass and brass methods.  He has been a freelance tubaist in the Atlanta area for over 40 years, touring with Clyde Beatty/Cole Brothers Circus, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis.  Retired from the Clayton County School System in 2003, Michael taught at North Clayton Junior High, Forest Park High School, and Mount Zion High School (Jonesboro).  During his teaching career he received numerous awards; among them the National Winner of the 1981 ASBDA Stanbury Award, Teacher of the Year – North Clayton Junior High and election into the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor.  He currently is active as an adjudicator, clinician, conductor, consultant and soloist.  Michael has been married for 38 years to the former Gina Sanderson.  They have two adult children, Joel Puckett (composer) and Natalie Puckett Evans (Director of The Women’s Legacy, United Way).

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Orchestra Members
Violin 1

Sonia Squires, Concertmistress
Laurie Hackworth
Emma Jones
Carl Rieke

Violin 2

Stephen Lawrence, Principal
Leslie Hester
Rae Litowich
Linda Maize
Elaine Olden
Andrea Pulley


Lorra Cotton, Principal
Hermanita Huffman
Amanda Moran


Bill Scruggs, Principal
Sam Lowder
Gayle Mastrogiacomo
Lauren Pulliam
Christel Vinot
Chris Whitley


Warren Rivera, Principal


Catherine Bull
Jerry Singer


Beth Alexander
Joyce Bridges


Marcia Davis
Alex Worsham
Alisha Zamore


Ted Atsalis
Mike Maxwell


Ginnie Cummings
Glenn Moore
Jim North


Randy Ficklen
Darvin McRoy
Tré Mock


Thomas Cremer
William Metz

Bass Trombone

Jim Bagley


Michael Puckett

SCSO Board Members

Dr. Richard Bell, Founder and Conductor
Michael Puckett, Conductor
Mike Maxwell, Board Chairman



Laurie Hackworth, Librarian
Mahli Lowder, Hospitality
William Metz, Webmaster and PR Assistant
Christel Vinot, Program Designer