Jason Noyes is in his 4th year as Director of Bands at Bryan High School and his 15th year as a Texas music educator. His responsibilities include directing the Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the Concert Band. Mr. Noyes oversees all aspects of the Viking Band Program.
Since his appointment to BHS, the Viking Band has been a consistent finalist at numerous marching contests in the Austin and Houston area. The band has also received consistent superior ratings at UIL contests. The Bryan High School Marching advanced to the 5a State Marching Band Championships in 2017 for the first appearance in school history.
Prior to his appointment at Bryan High School, Mr. Noyes served as the Associate Director of Bands at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. At REL, Mr. Noyes directed the high school’s non-varsity concert band, co-directed the marching band, directed 2 jazz big bands, and also taught beginning trumpet and horn for Moore MST Middle School. Under his leadership, the Robert E. Lee High School Band achieved consistent superior ratings at University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Contests and Concert & Sight-reading Contests. He helped grow the jazz program to include 2 big bands and one combo.
Prior to his appointment at Robert E. Lee High School, Mr. Noyes served as the Associate Director of Bands for Seminole ISD in Seminole, Texas. At Seminole, Mr. Noyes directed the junior high school non-varsity concert band and the high school non-varsity concert band, taught beginning trumpet, horn, flute, and percussion classes, and assisted with all aspects of the high school and junior high school band program.
Mr. Noyes received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas Tech University in 2004. While at Texas Tech, he was a section leader of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, under the direction of Keith Bearden, and principal trumpet of the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Cody Birdwell. During the summers of 2001-2003, Mr. Noyes was a member of the DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Noyes is a past Region 21 Jazz Chair. He is currently a member of Texas Bandmaster’s Association and Texas Music Educator’s Association.
He is married to his lovely wife, Tricia, and they have two sons, Forrest and Ian.
Laura Grems is in her 2nd year as the Associate Band Director with the Bryan High School Bands. Ms.Grems serves as the primary director of the Symphonic Band, while also assisting in the instruction of the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Marching Band. She also assists with the middle school percussion students.
Ms. Grems grew up in Vienna, Virginia and later moved to Ann Arbor where she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, earning University Honors distinction. At Michigan, Ms. Grems was an avid performer within the percussion studio. During her time in Ann Arbor, she performed as a member of the Symphony Band, and is on several album recordings. She was also a member of the renowned University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble as well as an orchestra pit member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. From 2015-2017, she served as the Vice President for the University of Michigan’s collegiate board for the National Association for Music Education.
Marie DeBellis is in her 12th year as color guard director and assistant band director at Bryan High School and her 16th year of teaching. Her main responsibilities include directing the color guard and winter guard programs, assist with the Viking marching band, symphonic and concert bands, and assist with the middle school band programs in the district. Before moving to Bryan, Texas, she directed the color guard program and was an assistant band director for Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, Texas.
Ms. DeBellis studied music education at the University of Central Florida, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music Education from Troy State University, in Troy, Alabama, in 2003. She participated in many of the performing ensembles at both universities on both clarinet and trumpet. During the summer of 2001, Ms. DeBellis was a hornline member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Under Ms. DeBellis’ direction, the Bryan High School color guard program has earned the State Championship title for the Texas Color Guard Circuit in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2015 in various classifications. They have been consistent finalist in the Winter Guard International Regionals in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas, and have been WGI World Championships finalists in both 2012 and 2015.
Ms. DeBellis has also served on the Texas Color Guard Circuit Executive Board as treasurer for the past six years, and in this role received the Randy Julia Service Award in 2014. She has also served as the primary event organizer and host of the TCGC State Championships at Reed Arena for the past three years. She has also been on staff with the Star of Texas Music Ambassadors in the summers of 2011 and 2013, by accompanying students from all over Texas on a concert tour of Europe.
Ms. DeBellis is also a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. This year she will also assist in teaching the Spirit Independent Winter Guard from the University of Houston. When she has time off, she likes to travel to see her family in California, Rhode Island, and Florida.