Mr. Justin Allen
Director of Bands
Justin Allen earned both his B.M. in Music Education and his M.M. in Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University. During his graduate studies he worked as a teaching assistant for both the music history and band departments. He aided in marching band and pep band rehearsals, rehearsed and guest conducted all four concert bands, toured with the Orchestra of the Pines as a guest conductor, and directed various student-led chamber groups. While there he revived the Nacogdoches Community Band and served as its director for two years until he moved back to Houston.
After graduating he began his teaching career at Lake Olympia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD where he taught for three years. While there his bands earned several awards at UIL and various contests. During his time in the area he also served as the director of the Rosenberg Symphonic Band, a local community group.
He is currently in his fourth year as Director of Bands at Galena Park Middle School where he teaches the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Beginner Woodwinds. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble made campus history by being the first band at GPMS to earn a varsity-level sweepstakes at UIL. His bands have won several honors at UIL and Gator Music Festival. While not teaching Mr. Allen enjoys going to the Houston Symphony, reading, playing video games, watching movies (especially horror films), and playing with his cat, Jude.
Mrs. Kayla Wood
Assistant Band Director
Kayla Wood earned her B.M. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. During her undergraduate studies she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, The Swingin' Axes Jazz Band, and The Lumberjack Marching Band. She also worked as Head SFA Band Manager and was President of a music service organization, Tau Beta Sigma.
She is in her fifth year teaching at Galena Park Middle School where she teaches Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Beginner Brass. Under her direction the Symphonic Band made GPMS history by being the first non-varsity band to earn a sweepstakes at UIL at the campus. Her bands have won several awards at UIL and Gator Music Festival. Mrs. Wood is married to a trumpet player and has two cats, Ella and Louis.