Band Staff

Director of Bands, Luke Manning

Mr. Luke Manning graduated from Troy State University with a Bachelor’s in 2005 and Troy University with a Master’s Degree in 2012. While at Troy Mr. Manning served as section leader (2002 & 2003) in the Sound of the South as well as Vice President (2003) and President (2004). Mr. Manning also was a member of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2005 where he played 4th Horn.

Mr. Manning has been teaching in Alabama for 16 years and is starting his 9th year at Calera High School. Prior to his moving to Calera, Mr. Manning served as the Director of Bands at Escambia County High School in Atmore, AL from 2005 to 2007. After moving from Atmore Mr. Manning moved to Brewton, AL and served as Brewton Middle School Director of Bands and Associate Director of Bands at T.R. Miller High School from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Manning has also served as a minister for the Pell City Church of Christ since 2017.

Mr. Manning is a member of NAFME and the SCBDA and currently serves as President. His bands have traveled throughout the U.S. and consistently scored well at a wide variety of competitions and festivals.

Mr. Manning has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Emily for 17 years. They have 4 children; Ethan (10), Ezra (8), Eli (6) Lydia (3)


Auxiliary / Color Guard Sponsor, Ashlee Hall

Mrs. Hall received her bachelor's degree in special education at Jacksonville State University in the spring of 2016. There she was a member of the Marching Southerners flute line for 3 years, and color guard for 2 years. She was also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's fraternity for music.

This will be Mrs. Hall's sixth year in education. Before Calera, she was at Vincent Middle High School. There she taught special education, and was the sponsor and choreographer of Vincent's auxiliary line. She is very excited to be a sponsor and choreographer for the color guard at Calera this year. She will be teaching special education lifeskills this year.

Mrs. Hall is married with 2 furbabies. Deuce-caboose, a mutt hound dog (12) and Podrick, tuxedo cat (4).

Auxiliary / Dance Sponsor, Charlotte Mizell

Ms. Charlotte Mizell has been teaching for 11 years and has been at Calera High School for 2 years. Ms. Mizell teaches FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) classes and is an auxiliary sponsor.

Ms. Mizell is married with 2 daughters ages 11 and 5. Ms. Mizell is originally from Bibb County where she marched and played the clarinet for 5 years during high school. She likes to spend her free time at the dance studio where her girls take dance.

Ms. Mizell is looking forward to another great year!

Auxiliary / Dance Sponsor, Bethany Aultman

Ms. Bethany Aultman has been shaping the lives of her students and dancers in Shelby County Schools for the past 4 years.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Aultman spent her adolescent years dancing as a member of the Hoover High School Buccannettes.

Ms. Aultman was also a Tiger Paw dancer at Auburn University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the fall of 2003.

Ms. Aultman still enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.