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Carlton J. Wright

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A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Carlton J. Wright attended school the Montgomery County School System and graduated from G.W. Carver High School. He earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Alabama A&M University in 1986. He was awarded the Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Hampton University (Virginia) in 1993.  In 1984 Wright received a commissioned of 2nd Lieutenant in the United Stated Army Reserve. The former Captain Wright proudly served in various positions until his honorable discharge.


Mr. Wright’s previous teaching assignments include, Minor High School, Adamsville, Alabama, George Washington Carver High School-Montgomery, and Fairfield High School. Throughout his career, Mr. Wright’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings at district, state, regional, and national band festivals in the concert, jazz, and marching band genres. In 2013, Wright was named Director of Bands his undergraduate Alma Mater, Alabama A&M University, in Huntsville.


His teaching philosophies are partially influenced by his friends and mentors such as; Mr. Curtis Hollinger, Mr. Barrett Alexander, I, Mr. Arthur B. Wesley, Dr. Sue Samuels, Mr. Arthur Means, Mr. Oscar Watts, Mrs. Dianne Johnson, Dr. Jon Remley, Mr. William T. Robinson, III, and the late Mr. Barney E Smart, Sr.


Mr. Wright is an active trumpeter, clinician, and adjudicator for various band related activities. Some of his past invitations include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University; Alabama State University; Miles College; Stillman College; Hampton University; Mississippi State University; Montgomery, Alabama County Schools; Houston County, Alabama Schools; Calhoun County, Alabama Schools, DeKalb County, Georgia Public Schools, GMEA Adjudicator, and ABA All-state Band Clinician.


Wright attends the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where he is serves as a trumpeter and Assistant Orchestra Director. Mr. Wright holds membership in the following organizations: National Education Association (NEA), Alabama Education Association (AEA), National Association for Music Educators (NafME), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity, Incorporated, and Tau Beta Sigma Band Sorority, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


His parents are the late James and Adeline Wright.  He is married to the former Jocelyn Payton. They have three wonderful children: Walter J. Payton, Carmen, and Jaylen; and a very loyal dog, Sno.

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