Director of Bands - Ian LaBreck
Ian LaBreck joined the St. Pius X faculty summer 2015 as assistant band director, and started serving as Director of Bands in the summer of 2019. Mr. LaBreck oversees all band activities at St. Pius.
Mr. LaBreck grew up in St. Marys, Georgia where he attended Camden County High School and later graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. LaBreck earned his Bachelor's of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia in May of 2015, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Brandon Craswell. While at UGA, he was a member of the Redcoat Marching Band where he was a Section Leader and later served as Band Captain. Also at UGA, Mr. LaBreck participated in a number of ensembles such as the UGA British Brass Band led by Mr. Phil Smith, Professor of Trumpet and previous principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. LaBreck holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Men's Music Fraternity, in which he was president of the Epsilon Lambda chapter at UGA. Mr. LaBreck remains an avid Bulldog fan, and whenever he's not at competitions or other band events he'll be in Athens cheering on the Dawgs.
Assistant Director of Bands - Jessica Simmons
Jessica Simmons joined the St. Pius X team in 2019 as assistant band director and Fine Arts Program Coordinator. She coordinates all fine arts activities, assists Mr. LaBreck with the high school program, and teaches middle school band at our sister school, St. Thomas More.
Ms. Simmons is from Flowery Branch, Georgia where she graduated from Flowery Branch High School. She then went on to earn hear Bachelor's of Music in Music Education from Reinhardt University in May of 2015. While at Reinhardt, she served as principal clarinetist for the Reinhardt Wind Symphony, the Inaugural drum major for the Screamin’ Eagle Marching Band, and held several offices for the Zeta Omicron chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. Ms. Simmons has participated in serval community ensembles including the Georgia Wind Symphony and Tara Winds. During her free time she enjoys attending various sporting events and local concerts and shows.
Color Guard Instructor - Sami Volk
Samantha Volk is currently studying at Georgia State University, majoring in Nursing with plans to go to Dental School. Samantha is an alumni of the St. Pius Marching Golden Lions color guard and winterguard. Outside of St. Pius she marched with Lakeside Independent’s winterguard, and is currently a member of the Georgia State Color Guard.
Percussion Instructor - Eyoel Endashaw
Eyoel Endashaw is in his third year as drumline instructor at St Pius. He is currently studying at Georgia State University, majoring in Philosophy with plans to go to Law School and become an Attorney. Eyoel is a proud alumni of the St Pius Marching Golden Lions drumline, where he was an energetic leader and a crucial part of the band's success. Outside of St. Pius he marched with Q2, an Independent Open Indoor Drumline that was a WGI Finalist group at the WGI Indoor Drumline World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
Visual and Leadership Tech - Michael Foo
Additional Staff Help:
Elizabeth Hobbs - Woodwinds
Erica Pirtle - Woodwinds