Mike Bearden, Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, is a native of Newnan, Georgia. Mr. Bearden oversees all aspects of the North Paulding Band Program including The Wolfpack Pride Marching Band, four wind ensembles, jazz ensemble, percussion ensembles, indoor percussion, and winterguard. He received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Valdosta State University and a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Reinhardt University.
The North Paulding High School Bands have received superior ratings at all adjudicated events including the first Grand
Champion award in the program’s history during the fall of 2013 and has continued that tradition since. The Wolfpack Pride has also appeared in the Children’s Healthcare Parade of Atlanta numerous times and the 2016 Outback Bowl game and parade. The North Paulding High School Wind Symphony has received invitational performances to the 2014 Kennesaw State University’s Department of Music Concert Band Invitational, the 2017 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2018 University of Georgia JanFest Honor Band, the 2019 Georgia Music Educators Association’s Inservice Conference, and the 2019 Reinhardt University Honor Band.
In 2013, North Paulding High School was represented in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All State Band for the first time in school history. Many students each school year participate in regional honor bands, district honor bands, and the Paulding County Honor Band.
Prior to North Paulding High School, Mr. Bearden served as Director of Bands at Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, GA, Port St. Lucie High School in Port St. Lucie, FL, Okeechobee High School in Okeechobee, FL, and Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee, FL.
As a composer, arranger, and drill designer Mr. Bearden has compositions published by Grand Mesa Publications. He currently has compositions on the Middle School Solo & Ensemble required performance list in Florida.
Mr. Bearden’s professional affiliations include memberships with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lamda, Alpha Chi
National Honor Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, United States School Band Association, the National Band Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.
Mr. Bearden is a staff member with the Georgia Ambassadors of Music European Music Tour.
Mr. Bearden was awarded a Citation of Excellence by The National Band Association for outstanding contribution to bands and band music in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Mr. Bearden resides in Canton, Georgia with his lovely wife Robbye and handsome sons Michael, Christian, and Jackson.
Teddy Mack, Assistant Director of Bands at North Paulding High School is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia. Mr. Mack is responsible for assisting in the entirety of the North Paulding Band Program. This includes the Wolfpack Pride Marching Band, four concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, indoor percussion, and winterguard.
Mr. Mack received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Prior to working at North Paulding, Mr. Mack was the Director of Bands at New Hampstead High School in Bloomingdale, Georgia. While there he grew the program by 50% and earned Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation.
Joseph Stephens, a native of Newnan, Georgia graduated from East Coweta High School in 2009. He attended Jacksonville State University where he obtained a bachelors in Music Education and having studied under Dr. Ken Bodiford, Clint Gillespie, Dr. Tony McCutchen, and Chris Lindley.
During his tenure at Jacksonville State, Mr. Stephens was a member of the Marching Southerners. He was appointed drum captain during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. While attending JSU, he performed with numerous ensembles within the department of music. Mr. Stephens has also marched with various independent ensembles including Odyssey Percussion Theater in 2009, Terminus Atlanta Percussion in 2011, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and Atlanta Quest in 2014.
Mr. Stephens instructional experience includes numerous scholastic groups throughout Georgia and Alabama including East Coweta High School, Hillgrove High School, North Cobb High School, Carrollton High School, Baldwin High School, Albertville High School, Buford High School, Gilmer County High School, Jacksonville High School, Calera High School, Shelby County High School, and St. Clair County High School.
Mr. Stephens is currently an Assistant Director/Percussion Director at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia and serves as the Battery Coordinator for the DCA Open Class Finalist Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Stephens is currently endorsed by Dynasty USA and Bergerault percussion instruments and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
Alex Naughton is the Guard Director at North Paulding High School. He is a native of Newnan, GA, but currently resides in Woodstock, GA. Mr. Naughton has a background in theatre and performing arts and started performing color guard in school. He graduated from East Coweta High School in 2015 and currently attends Kennesaw State University. He has performed with Atlanta CV and won a gold medal in DCI with the Bluecoats and is still in the color guard with them to this day. He has also competed at a national level in winter guard at WGI with Reverie Independent. He has made a finals appearance the past 3 years. Mr. Naughton has also worked with Flowery Branch High School and Flowery Branch High School JV winterguard. He has learned from Hall of Famers Jon Vanderkolff and Jim Moore, along with instruction by Greg Lagola, Shavon Garcia, Carol Abohatab, Kathy Pearson, and Lauren Drislane.