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Russell Bennett

Mr. Russell Bennett is a long time resident of Carroll County and a Villa Rica High School Alumnus.  Upon his graduation from Villa Rica High School in 2007 he attended the University of West Georgia where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music education.  Mr. Bennett also earned certifications in history, social studies, and special education.  This is Mr. Bennett's third year working with Villa Rica  He has also served as a visual tech and clinician for the Villa Rica High School Marching Band.  Mr. Bennett possesses an ardent passion for music, history, technology, and learning in general. Mr. Bennett is a special education teacher at Villa Rica High School. 

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Valerie Vise
Director of Bands
Bay Springs Middle 

Ms. Vise grew up in Carroll County and is a graduate of Bowdon High School. While attending the University of West Georgia, Ms. Vise played trumpet with the UWG Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. She also performed in a number of composition recitals and chamber groups on campus. Throughout college, Ms. Vise was a private lesson instructor to students from all over Carroll County. She has taught local band camps, LGPE Clinics, judged chair auditions, and even traveled to Honduras in 2018 to teach band in Spanish!

In her free time– Ms. Vise likes to go on adventures with her friends, spend time with her family, and she has been known to play a video game or two. Ms. Vise loves the Villa Rica community and she loves the Wildcat Bands!  

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John David Kelly

John David Kelly is in his first year as Colorguard Director of Villa Rica High School Band Program. Previously he was the Colorguard Director at Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, GA (2016-2019)


Mr. Kelly graduated from Christian County High School in Hopkinsville, KY in 2001 where he was an active member of the Colorguard. He began his teaching career in 2002 in the Montgomery County Public School System where he served as Colorguard Director at Clarksville High School from 2002-2010. His passion for the arts and teaching helped build positive relationships that helped grow the program. 


Mr. Kelly embraced the opportunity to teach at the high school level and started the first Winterguard program at Clarksville High School. The program began in the Novice Class and was eventually promoted to Scholastic A National making them a four-time WGI Regional Finalist and WGI semi- Finalist.


In addition to Clarksville High, Mr. Kelly has worked with Hopkinsville High School (KY), McGavock High (TN), Lawrence County (TN) Independence High (TN), Fayette County (GA), Rockdale County (GA), Heritage High (GA), McEachern (GA) Eklipse Winterguard (TN). In his free time, Mr. Kelly loves to cook, play board games, swim, and spend quality time with family and friends. 


Terry Shores,

Director of Bands-

Villa Rica Middle

Mr. Shores, originally from Villa Rica (VRHS Class of ’89), received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Columbus College and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. He has been teaching middle school band since 1993, which includes 21 years in Dekalb county schools and 6 years in Rockdale County Public Schools. While attending Columbus College, Mr. Shores played trombone with the Columbus and the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Springer Opera House and was principal trombonist with the Columbus College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Mr. Shores was the Band director at Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody for 15 years where the bands consistently receive superior ratings at festivals and top honors at competitions. He still performs around Atlanta on a regular basis and is blessed to be a member of the Johnson Ferry Orchestra at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. Mr. Shores enjoys movies, classic cars, grilling, riding his Harley, and is a devout Christian, dedicated husband to wife Leslie, and is a devoted father to his son Brentlin Aaron (21) and daughter Erianna Elan (19) and their 3 dogs: Gadget, Hammie, and Dexter.

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