Mr. Wise has over 30 years of teaching experience in school, church and community settings. He has been a performing member of the Sprayberry High School bands, including the “Band of Gold”, Symphonic bands, and Jazz Band. He is the founding member of the Sprayberry Orchestral Winds. He was first chair trumpet Georgia All-State Orchestra and received the Outstanding Soloist Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators. He has also performed as a member and soloist with the Samford University Bands, including the Bulldog Marching Band, the Samford Jazz Band, the Samford Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir, and Brass Quintet. He was also a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, The Alabama Symphony Chorus, The Samford University Chorale, The Samford A Capella Choir where he was section leader, and currently the Samford A Capella Alumni Choir. He is a founding staff member and performer with the Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. Wise has studied trumpet with Larry Black from the Atlanta Symphony, Johnny Jacobs, Dan Martin, Freddie Martin and John Gage. He has studied voice with Dr. William Bugg and Dr. Clint Nichols. His conducting teachers include Dr. L. Gene Black, Dr. Timothy Banks, Dr. Leroy Yarbrough and Dr. Ken Gabriels. Mr. Wise has also performed as a freelance musician on trumpet, brass, bass, percussion, voice, piano and guitar. Mr. Wise’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” was featured at the Olympic Village during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Wise has been at Leeds High School, Leeds, Alabama since 2008. The band and choir programs each have grown over 300%. The Music and Movement Program at Leeds boasts 14 ensembles not including chamber instrumental groups. All but 3 of those groups are competitive. His ensembles; instrumental, vocal, and visual, consistently receive Superior ratings, Best in Class, and Sweepstakes Awards. His bands are active in USBands, Festival Disney, Festival of Champions, Alabama Music Educators Association, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, and Bands of America. The "Pride of the Green Wave" marching band has most recently been Group II A Champions at the USBands Southern States Championships and Class A Runner Up at the Bands of America Southeastern Regional. The Emerald Guard Winter Guard was Alabama State Champion and Southeastern Bronze Medalist in their first year of competition. The Green Wave Percussion Indoor Drumline was also Alabama State Champion and High Score/Platinum Rating in the Southeast in Percussion Non-Movement in their first year of competition. The Green Wave Jazz has received all Superior Ratings since 2010. The Symphonic Band was the Sweepstakes winner at the Festival of Champions. The Chamber Singers most recently received a perfect score at the Alabama Vocal Association Festival.
He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha SINFONIA, Alabama Bandmaster's Association, the Alabama Vocal Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He is also a Licensed, Ordained Minister. He earned his Bachelor of Music with concentration in Instrumental Music and Education- Samford University. Master of Music with concentration in Voice and Church Music- New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
He and his wife Melanie, also a teacher, have a son, Daniel. He enjoys time with his family, hunting, fishing, boating, and hot rods.