Laura Grems is in her 6th year at Bryan High School, and her first year as the Director of Bands. She served as an Associate Director at Bryan High School from 2017 through 2022 and is excited and honored to be chosen as the current head director. Ms.Grems serves as the primary director of the Wind Symphony, “The Pride of Bryan” Marching Band, and the Percussion Ensemble. She also assists in the instruction of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. She also coordinates percussion instruction across the district.
Ms. Grems is also the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Brazos Valley Independent Percussion. After two successful seasons, the group will continue to compete in the 2022-2023 indoor percussion season in the Texas Color Guard Circuit and the Winter Guard International Circuit.
Ms. Grems grew up in Vienna, Virginia where she participated in her high school band and orchestra, youth orchestra, and All-State Ensembles where she earned the title of first chair. She later moved to Ann Arbor where she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with University Honors distinction. At Michigan, Ms. Grems was an avid performer within the percussion studio and esteemed University of Michigan 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. She also served as the Vice President for the University of Michigan’s collegiate board for the National Association for Music Education for two years.
In her free time, Ms. Grems enjoys cooking, baking, watching Michigan sports, traveling, and spending time with her fiancè and their two cats.
Andrew Quinn is in his first year as an Associate Director of Bands at Bryan High School, where he teaches the Symphonic Band and assists in the instruction of the Wind Symphony, marching band, and concert band. Mr. Quinn was previously joins us from a previous successful tenure as the Director of Bands for Mayfield HS in Las Cruces, NM. While at Mayfield, he took the Trojan Marching Band to a 2nd Place finish as well as the High Percussion award for their class at the annual Tournament of Bands at New Mexico State University. He was also able to take the Wind Ensemble to a Superior Rating at contest after a long year of in-person learning loss to also qualify for the New Mexico State Concert Band Contest and place 6th overall. He helped start the Mayfield MPACT Winterline in his first year at Mayfield.
After growing up in Southern California, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Dakota. He has the opportunity to teach and work with bands from Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and New Mexico. He is an avid euphonium player and was a member of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band for the past four years.
In his free time, he loves exploring new places, having a chance to read a book here and there, and become heavily invested in all things Star Wars and Lego. He is very excited to join the Bryan Viking Band Program and get to meet everyone.
Zachary Spicker is in his second year with the Bryan Viking band, serving as one of the Associate Directors. He serves in assisting with all of the ensembles that the Viking Band program has to offer. He also assists with the middle school bands as well.
Mr. Spicker is also a proud Viking band Alumni who played in the band all four years at Bryan High School and served as drum major for his last two years.
Mr. Spicker studied music education at Blinn College and earned an Associate of Arts degree in 2016. He studied with flute professor Marie McElroy and was a member of the Wind Symphony, Woodwind Choir, Buccaneer Marching Band, and the well know Blinn Collage Flute choir. He served as the Drum Major for the Buccaneer Marching Band for one year.
In 2020, Mr. Spicker graduated from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with his Bachelors of Music Education, where he studied flute with Dr. Diana Sipes. At Corpus Christi, Mr. Spicker was a member of the Wind Ensemble and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi flute choir.He also served as the Student Conductor for the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for two years while studying conducting privately with Dr. Brian Shelton. Mr. Spicker is also a member of the Band Service Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.
Mr. Spicker is from Bryan, Texas where he has lived most of his life. He is also a very pound dad to his daughter Cheyenne Spicker. He enjoys spending time with his daughter watching lots of Disney plus. In his free time, Mr. Spicker like to do lots of fishing, go to the beach, enjoy nature, and build his collections of Funko pops, Toy Story, and Hess Trucks.
Jenna Mowad is entering her third year with the Bryan Viking Band and Color Guard. She has served as a color guard technician since 2020. In 2020-2021 Jenna had the pleasure of teaching the middle school color guard while also being an instructor for the Bryan High Guard. In the 2022 winter guard season, she served as the Bryan JV director which included both Bryan and Rudder High School students. This will be her first year serving as the director for the Bryan High School Color Guard.
Jenna is a proud Bryan Color Guard Alumni. Jenna spent all four of her years on the varsity weapon line. In both her junior and senior year, she was chosen as Captain of her Guard. In high school, she was taught by both of the guard’s previous directors, Kellie Overton and Marie DeBellis. She is excited to be able to be able to continue in their footsteps and lead the guard to accomplish great things!
Jenna is furthering her education through Western Governors University’s online program where she is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Information assurance.
Jenna’s most recent accomplishment includes giving birth to her and her husband’s beautiful baby boy, Maverick, on May 12th, 2022. Since then she has been soaking up every second of motherhood. She spends most of her free time with her extremely close-knit family whom you may catch supporting us at our performances.