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Russell Belote


Mr. Belote is returning this year as one of three band directors in Florence City Schools. A Madison native and Bob Jones graduate, Mr. Belote received both his bachelors (Instrumental Education) and masters (Education) degree from the University of North Alabama (2008, 2011).

During his time at UNA, he participated with every musical performing ensemble.  After two years working for Scottsboro City Schools, he accepted his current position with Florence City Schools. 

In addition to his responsibilities as director of bands at Hibbett Middle School, he serves as percussion instructor for Florence City Schools, overseeing percussion ensembles at the FMS, FFC, and FHS campuses. He also is the primary writer/arranger for the “Big Blue” Percussion section in the fall.  Mr. Belote is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, AMEA, NAfME,  Phi Kappa Phi, and the Percussive Arts Society.  He and his wife Cathy currently live in Florence with their daughter, Audra.