DIRECTORS

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 fifth 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.

Brandon Rios

Assistant Director of Bands

brios@galenaparkisd.com

(832) 386 - 1767

Brandon is a trombone/brass player from Hidalgo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. During his time at UNT Mr. Rios performed in the Green Brigade Marching Band, the Concert Band, the UNT 5 O'Clock Lab Band, a variety of chamber ensembles, and a couple of Salvation Army Brass Bands.

Mr. Rios spent the summers of 2017 and 2018 traveling the U.S. with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps; during the 2018 season he was the featured trombone soloist for "The Fall and Rise" production. After this Mr. Rios worked with the Prosper marching band in Prosper, TX as well as the Northwest Texan marching band in Fort Worth, TX.

Mr. Rios teaches the Symphonic Band and Beginner Brass. He spends a lot of his vacations visiting his family in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico where he also volunteered and taught the Orchestra Symphonica Comunitaria de Reynosa brass section. Mr. Rios enjoys listening to all sorts of music, learning about new tech, building computers, and playing video games. Fun fact: Mr. Rios currently has 7 chihuahuas back home who are being taken care of by his family!

Jonathan Carr

Director of Percussion

Jonathan is a percussionist and pianist hailing from Burleson, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance. He is a four-year alumnus of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in the front ensemble (2011-2014), as well as a two-year alumnus of Music City Mystique (2014-2015).

Mr. Carr is also an experienced percussion arranger, having several arrangements performed by the Phantom Regiment and MCM. He has written show music for many high school marching band and winter percussion productions across the country. He also coordinates PA setup and maintenance for a number of front ensembles in the area, as well as for a number of drum corps including Legends DBC and The Cavaliers.​

Jonathan currently lives in Houston, Texas, and writes for several schools across the country in addition to his duties as Percussion Director at GPISD. At GPMS Jonathan teaches beginner percussion and assists in teaching all 7th and 8th grade percussion.

Mr. Carr is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. He is proud to sponsor Innovative Percussion Inc.