Band Director - Brian Grieb
Brian T. Grieb, Naples High School’s Director of Bands, is from Yorktown, Virginia and attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he studied Music. Mr. Grieb moved to Naples, Florida with his wife, Sarah, who is a native southwest Floridian. Mr. and Mrs. Grieb both enjoy everything southwest Florida has to offer, including playing outdoors with Raleigh, their doberman.
Each year Mr. Grieb is incredibly excited to continue to build, and expand the historic Naples High Band Program. Mr. Grieb’s duties include directing the Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Golden Eagle Marching Band.
Professionally, Mr. Grieb is a member of the Collier County Education Association (CCEA) , American Federation of Teachers (AFT), International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Florida Music Education Association (FMEA), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Assistant Band Director - Coach F.
Coach Fessenden studied Music Education at the University of South Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Coach F. has been involved with music for 28 years, teaching music for 4 years and is currently a music teacher at Lake Park Elementary. GO PANTHERS! Along with teaching Coach F. has assisted many high school programs including 2 years with Naples High School, college level and DCA Drum Corps. Coach F. is an alumnus of Naples High School and is excited to be a part of the program again. Coach Fessenden has also played trumpet professionally for Disney, the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Band Frozen Funk and several musicals.
Coach Fessenden holds professional memberships in the National Association of Music Educators, (NAfME) the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association (FEMEA), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Director of Color Guard
Nina Garcia is from Bradenton, Florida and attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where she studied Health Sciences and Dance. Ms. Garcia is a Florida State Certified Emergency Medical Technician and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and a Minor Degree in Theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University. Ms. Garcia marched with the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band/Color Guard for 4 seasons and the USF Winter Guard Program for 5 seasons. In her final season with the University of South Florida Independent Open Class Winter Guard she received a Silver Medal at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships competition in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Garcia marched with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2011 and was named “Rookie of the Year” for her exceptional performance as a first year marching member. She went on to teach the Boston Crusaders Color Guard under former Caption Head Mr. Matt Winans in the summer of 2012. Ms. Garcia has held numerous color guard teaching positions in numerous counties across the state of Florida including Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Lee County, and Collier County, Florida. Professionally, Ms. Garcia is an alumni member of the University of South Florida chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity (SAI). Ms. Garcia currently works for the Florida Department of Health in Collier County as the Program Consultant for the School Health Program. This will be Ms. Garcia’s 3rd marching season at Naples High School and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her wealth of knowledge and passion for color guard with the wonderful Naples High School Color Guard
Color Guard Instructor
Director of Percussion
Mr. Robert Ostbye, Percussion Director at Naples High School, is originally from Stuart, Florida. Currently a Program Manager at the Florida Department of Health in Collier County, he previously attended the University of Florida where he earned a percussion performance degree studying under Dr. Kenneth Broadway and spent three years in the Gator Band. Go Gators! Mr. Ostbye has also studied with Andreas Steiner, Principle Percussionist of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, and Ney Rosauro, Composer and Symphonic Percussionist.
Associate Director of Percussion
Scott Crawford is currently a member of the Huntsville Symphony, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony and Venice Symphony. Scott began his music education at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance. Scott went on to complete a Masters in Orchestral Percussion at Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Performers Certificate at Lyn University. Scott has performed with many professional orchestras including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and South West Florida Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Scott has a mallet and drum company specializing in custom orders of orchestral and specialty drums. His teachers include John Tafoya, Tony Ames, Ted Atkatz, Vadim Karpinos and Ed Harrison.
A native of the mountainous region of southwest Virginia, Bryce Owen is a freelance composer and brass specialist who is active in several regions of Virginia and Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Virginia Tech and his Master of Music degree in Composition from George Mason University.
Bryce has written original works for wind band, sax quartet, solo performer and piano, chamber chorus, tuba duet, and chamber ensembles with varied instrumentation. When it comes to drawing influence from music, he holds that Duke Ellington said it perfectly: “If it sounds good, it IS good.” In addition to his original works, Bryce has spent several years writing customized marching band shows for a number of east coast band programs, as well as arrangements and transcriptions for brass ensemble and wind band.
Bryce is the Student Services Manager at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. and serves as a low brass clinician for Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, VA.
David Heroux has been the Orchestra and Percussion Director at Indian River Charter High School in Vero Beach, FL since 2012. He also instructs the Vero Beach High School Drumline during the marching band season. Prior to moving to Florida, Mr. Heroux served as the Director of Percussion for the highly decorated Goshen Community Schools music program in Goshen, IN from 2008-2011. He received his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. He has been working with the Naples band program since 2015.
Mr. Kevin Devitt is a native Southwest Floridian. He is a graduate of the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University and lives in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife, Amanda, his two boys Aidan and Alex and his Golden Retriever Elsa.
Mr. Devitt is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Challenger Middle School in Cape Coral, Florida. In addition to being an educator Mr. Devitt is in demand as a Freelance musician and performs regularly across the state of Florida on Tenor and Bass Trombone. Some of the local groups Kevin performs with include the Southwest Florida Big Band, Stardust Memories Big Band, Grupo Espali Salsa Band, None Other wedding band, The 80’s Icon rock band and Nouveau Sol rock band. Kevin also works full time as pit musician with the Prather Entertainment Groups Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida.
Kevin’s marching experience includes performing with the Tampa Bay Thunder, Magic of Orlando and the ten time DCI World Champion Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kevin is an active arranger, designer, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts. He’s consulted for many of the marching band and indoor percussion programs throughout Southwest Florida. He is an active member of the Central States Judges Association (CSJA) and adjudicates marching bands festivals throughout the East Coast.
Mr. Devitt is a member of the Teachers Association of Lee County (TALK), International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Florida Music Education Association (FMEA), and The Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA).