Spain Park High School Band Staff

“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”
― Harry Emerson Fosdick

Chris Neugent

Band Director, Spain Park High School


Chris Neugent is Band Director at Spain Park High School. He has held this position since the Spring of 2011. Prior to his appointment as Band Director, he served one year as Associate Band Director at Spain Park, seven years as Band Director at Simmons Middle School, and two years as Associate Band Director at Oak Grove High School. His duties at SPHS include teaching The Pride of the Park Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble and the Spirit and Pride Drum Circle. He also assists Mr. Brian Wilson at Berry Middle School with the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands. Under his leadership, Mr. Neugent’s bands have received consistent Superior Ratings at contests and festivals in every area of performance – symphonic, marching and jazz.

Mr. Neugent is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Music Education. He is a National Board Certified teacher. While attending UA, he served as the principal clarinetists of the UA Wind Ensemble and Huxford Symphony Orchestra and performed in several other ensembles included the Million Dollar Band. His professional affiliations include MENC, and ABA.

Outside of his teaching capacities at Spain Park, Mr. Neugent also enjoys serving as the Orchestra Director at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mr. Neugent and his wife, Angie, have been blessed with seven children: Hampton, Emma, Brice, Eli, Bekah, Shepherd, and John Stephen. He currently resides in Helena, Alabama.

Brian Wilson

Band Director, Berry Middle School

brian_wilson-medBrian Wilson is the Director of Bands at Berry Middle School. He has held this position since the fall of 2011. Prior to his appointment to Berry by Hoover City Schools, Mr. Wilson spent seven years as the founding director of the North Jefferson Middle School Band in Kimberly, Alabama and three years as the Associate Band Director of the Pinson Valley High School and Rudd Middle School Bands in Pinson, Alabama. His duties at Berry Middle School include teaching the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands along with the Jazz Orchestra and Pep-Band. Mr. Wilson also assists with the Spain Park High School Concert and Marching Bands. Mr. Wilson’s ensembles have received superior ratings at contests and festivals at every level throughout the Southeast. He is in demand as a musician, clinician and adjudicator throughout the area.

Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Master of Music Education from Auburn University. While at UAB, he performed with the UAB Wind Ensemble, served as the student director of the Blazer Band (Basketball Pep-Band) and was the first drum major for the then-new UAB Marching Blazers. Mr. Wilson is a member of MENC, ABA, and NBA professional organizations.

Mr. Wilson plays trombone with the “Shades Mountain Jazz Orchestra” and “Celebration Orchestra” at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson is married to Christy Wilson, who works in the Treasury area of Compass Bank and is a trumpeter. They have two daughters, Emily and Molly. Mr. Wilson and his family live in Hoover.

A.B. Baggett

Assistant Band Director, Berry Middle School

ab_baggett-medA.B. Baggett was born August 13, 1951 in Birmingham, Alabama to A. B., Sr., and Ruth Baggett. A. B., Jr., was the baby brother of four older sisters, Nancy, Linda, Kathy and Jo. He grew up in Adamsville, just outside of Birmingham, and attended Minor High School. He was very fortunate to have several outstanding Band directors during that time at Minor including Mr. L. Spencer Shaw, Mr. Eric Sizemore, the late Mr. Scott Henderson, and Dr. Johnny Jacobs. Upon graduation of high school in 1969 Mr. Baggett attended Harding College (now Harding University) and was in the Band which was directed by Dr. G. E. Baggett (no relation). After graduating from Harding in 1972, Mr. Baggett worked one year in Goodlettsville,TN, as an assistant manager of a V. J. Elmore Variety Store. In 1973 he began work on his M. Ed. at Auburn University where he was also fortunate to have classes with Dr. Wilbur (Bodie) Hinton, Dr. Johnny Vinson, and applied lessons with the late Dr. Bill Walls. Later, in the summers of 1978 and 1979, Mr. Baggett attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) where he was able to take applied trombone with both Mr. Leon Brown and Mr. Royce Lumpkin, and brass pedagogy with Dr. Leonard Candelaria.

Mr. Baggett became one of the assistant directors at Berry High School in August of 1975 when it was still in the Jefferson County School System. His primary responsibility was the Beginning Band programs at Bluff Park and Shades Mountain Elementary Schools. The next year he was given the opportunity to teach at Green Valley Elementary, in addition to the other two schools. It was during those early years that he developed his love for the beginning band and the middle school band programs. When Simmons Middle School opened in the Fall of 1978, he was given the privilege of being its first band director. He remained at Simmons until 1988, when the city of Hoover began the Hoover City School System. When Hoover became an independent system he was moved back to Berry High School as an assistant high school director, but he and the other directors began doing beginning band in the elementary schools, so once again Mr. Baggett had the opportunity to teach at Bluff Park, Green Valley, Rocky Ridge, and Shades Mountain elementary schools. When Berry High School became Hoover High School, Mr. Baggett was given the choice of moving to Hoover H. S., or moving to Simmons to assist with the beginning and middle school program. He chose the latter. As Hoover continued to grow, there became a need for a second middle school. Berry High School was renovated and became Berry Middle School. Mr. Baggett was once again fortunate to be granted the opportunity to become the first band director at Berry M. S. While assisting at Simmons and working at Berry, he also continued to assist in different capacities with the Hoover High School Marching Band. When Spain Park High School opened, he began to assist in different capacities with the Spain Park Marching Band. Since 1975 he has been blessed to be part of an outstanding Band program, and has truly been blessed since that time to be surrounded by a host of outstanding band directors, faculty and staff, administrators, supervisors, superintendents, parents, students and family.

Mr. Baggett has six sons, Brad, Brian, Chace, Hunter, Taylor and Carson; three daughter-in-laws, Amy, Corrina and Kristie; three grandsons, Galen, Nathan and Davis. He attends the Homewood Church of Christ. He also has a collection of “uncollectible” cars including a 1929 Hudson and a 1930 Buick.


Gary Christopher

Guard Director

gary_christopher-medGary Christopher is a graduate of E.B. Erwin High School and Jacksonville State University. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, Gary served as Band Director at Ragland High School for four years and at Erwin High School for two years. In 2003 he became the color guard instructor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where he taught for five seasons.

Gary begins his 6th year as color guard instructor at Spain Park High School, where his duties include directing the marching band color guard and the winter guards. Since Gary’s arrival at Spain Park, membership in the color guard program has nearly doubled; the color guard has continued to receive Superior ratings during marching band season and has also received numerous awards in the winter guard programs.

Gary lives in Homewood, Alabama with his 3 furry four-legged kids Daisy, Dolly, and Boo. During his free time, Gary enjoys spending time at the lake and traveling the world.

Brad Palmer

Percussion Coordinator

Brad Palmer is co-founder of DoubleStop Percussion, a Birmingham, Alabama-based company providing percussion instruction for all levels of experience in schools across the southeast. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University. His teachers include Eric Hollenbeck and Lalo Davila. He is an active educator, performer, arranger, adjudicator, and maintains a private instruction studio.

He is an alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, and is a recipient of the 2000 Drum Corps International World Championship and Individual and Ensemble Percussion Ensemble Championship. He has taught as adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University and has instructed the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble since 2003. Mr. Palmer has presented clinics and masterclasses in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, and Colorado.

Mr. Palmer resides in Hoover, Alabama with his wife Heather and their daughter Ella. He endorses Innovative Percussion, Inc.