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Mr. Ian Grzyb
Hello Centennial Families,
I have had the pleasure of serving as the band director at Kyrene Centennial Middle School since 2016. In addition to my duties at CMS, I serve as the assistant band director at Mountain Pointe High School. I am also the vice president of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society (the overarching organization who betters percussion performance and education in Arizona). I hold two degrees from Northern Arizona University in my hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona: one in Instrumental Music Education and one in Percussion Performance.
Prior to my appointment at Centennial I served as the percussion director at Coconino High School (2012-2015) and performed as a percussionist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (2012-2015). I enjoyed a variety of performance opportunities at the collegiate level serving as principal percussionist in multiple university ensembles, as a lead musician in the NAU Panorama Steel Drum Ensemble, and twice as a soloist with the NAU Percussion Ensemble. In addition to performance, I am active as a composer. My concerto for marimba soloist and percussion ensemble Time: The Ever-Flowing River was premiered by the NAU Percussion Ensemble in 2015. I am also recipient of the NAU Gold Axe Award (2015) and the NAU School of Music Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music Education award (2015-2016).
From elementary school onward I have been a musician. It all started in 4th grade when my dad came home with a pair of drumsticks and I joined the school band. I couldn't get enough of it, and I loved to learn how to play every instrument I could get my hands on. I continued into middle school and high school where I performed in the top school bands and in the marching band at my high school (something I frequently explain to students as being one of the best experiences of my life). I performed in an indoor marching drumline group in my senior year and we placed 9th at world championships. After that, I received scholarships which covered most of my cost to become the first in my family to attend college, all because of my involvement in and love for band.
I believe in the power of music in strengthening community. As a product of a great musical upbringing, my belief is that music provides an opportunity for students to discover their potential. The skills learned from music are the same skills that can craft a child into a meaningful member of society. I am a large believer in holding students accountable, and allowing them opportunities to grow and learn in a safe, and supportive environment. My goal is to help every student acquire the tools necessary to be successful in music, and life.