Craig Bryant has served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Albany High School in Albany, CA, since 2007. Mr. Bryant leads a strong and diverse music program that is recognized for its musical excellence throughout the Bay Area. Ensembles under Mr. Bryant’s direction have received top ratings and awards at various band and orchestra festivals, as well as at the Folsom, Reno and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals. In past years the Albany High School Jazz Band performed at the CMEA State Conference in Sacramento, and was selected as a finalist for the Next Generation Festival presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the “Essentially Ellington” contest presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Bryant’s students participate in the Jazz School and SF All-Star bands, the Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco Youth Orchestras, the CBDA All-State Bands and Orchestras, as well as with other area honor groups.
In addition to his work at Albany, Mr. Bryant currently serves as Secretary for the California Alliance for Jazz, and as Band Representative for CMEA Bay Section. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician in the Bay Area, and was recently a guest conductor at Cazadero Music Camp. Mr. Bryant conducted the 2015 California Jr. High All-State Jazz Band.
Mr. Bryant grew up in Asheville, NC, where his parents were his high school band and choir teachers. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University. Prior to his position at Albany High School, he taught at Cunha Intermediate School in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Mr. Bryant is a freelance trombonist in various bands and orchestras throughout the Bay Area. He is a member of the Berkeley Symphony, SF Wind Ensemble, Brazzissimo (10 piece brass chamber ensemble) and East Bay Mudd (classic R&B). His trombone teachers include M. Dee Stewart, Carl Lenthe, Scott Hartman, and Jiggs Whigham. He loves to spend his free time eating at great restaurants and enjoying the Bay Area with his wife Crystal.