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.
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. 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 more than 40 years to the former Gina Sanderson. They have two adult children, Joel Puckett (composer) and Natalie Puckett Evans.
Glenn has been an active musician in the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years as a conductor and Horn Player with community orchestras, bands, and churches, and as an active high school band clinician. He also serves as the Conductor and Music Director for the Callanwolde Concert Band. He retired from active military service after a near 22-year career in the United States Army, including several prominent Army Band assignments. He has served in key roles in professional and community music ensembles including significant leadership positions in six active Army Bands, as a member of the staff and faculty at the Armed Forces School of Music, and Chairman of the Board and Principal Horn for the Tara Winds Community Band in Atlanta, Georgia. Following his active duty retirement, he served as the Bandmaster and later, Commander/Conductor for the Georgia State Defense Force Band, in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree (graduating with Cum Laude honors) from Saint Leo College (now University), a Master of Information Systems Management degree (graduating with Distinction) from Keller Graduate School of Management, and completed post-graduate doctoral course work at Capella University. During his Army Band service, he also completed advanced music study at the Armed Forces School of Music. Glenn is an accomplished composer and arranger with numerous musical arrangements and several original compositions to his credit, including three original military style marches and a String, Brass and Organ work which premiered by our orchestra in May 2015. He retired in 2017 as a senior manager with the federal government after a successful IT Program Management career. He resides with his wife of 40+ years in south metro Atlanta. They have two adult children and two grand-daughters, who also reside in the metro Atlanta area.
Sonia Squires, Concertmistress
Dr. Richard Bell, Founder and Conductor
Michael Puckett, Conductor
Mike Maxwell, Board Chairman
Laurie Hackworth, Librarian
Mahli Lowder, Hospitality
William Metz, Webmaster
Christel Vinot, Program Designer