Grain Valley, Missouri R-5 School District


Reid Atkinson, Director of Bands

Reid Atkinson
Atkinson is the Director of Bands at Grain Valley High School where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band and guides all aspects of the Grain Valley Band program. Originally from Blue Springs, Missouri, Reid has been teaching at Grain Valley High School since 2008.

During his tenure at Grain Valley High School, Reid has guided outstanding music ensembles that have earned a reputation of professionalism and class while garnering state and national recognition in performance achievements. He has built one of the most competitive marching bands in Missouri. In addition to numerous festival division and grand championships, the Marching Eagles were the first ever Missouri band to earn a Division Championship at a Bands of America Super Regional and the only 4A school in Missouri to ever make a Super Regional Finals. In 2013, the Grain Valley Marching Eagles marched in the Waikiki Holiday Parade as the featured band which included a concert for the Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet. His concert and jazz ensembles regularly receive Superior Ratings at music festivals. Under Atkinson’s guidance, the 2014 Grain Valley Wind Ensemble was recognized as one of the top concert ensembles in the state with an invitation to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. Additionally, the Eagle Jazz Ensemble was featured as the keynote performance for the 2014 Missouri School Board Conference and the featured performance ensemble on the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Major League Baseball Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals.

Mr. Atkinson’s work at Grain Valley has quickly garnered statewide recognition. In 2009, Reid was awarded a Crystal Apple as “Outstanding First Year Teacher” by the Missouri College Teachers Association. In 2015, Reid was recognized as Missouri’s “Outstanding Young Music Educator” by the Missouri Music Educators Association. In addition to his duties as Director of Bands, Mr. Atkinson serves as the Vice-President of Bands for the West Central Missouri Band Masters District. He also serves as a District Solo and Small Ensemble Coordinator for the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Prior to his appointment at Grain Valley High School, Mr. Atkinson attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (BME). While at Missouri State, Reid was an active arranger and composer for the university marching band and orchestra. In 2013, Reid completed a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Central Missouri

David Gronneberg, Director of Percussion Studies

David GronnebergMr. David Gronneberg is in his 6th year serving as an Associate Director of Bands and the Director of Percussion for the Grain Valley School District. He feels very fortunate to work in a district that supports a vision for a separate percussion curriculum at the secondary levels. Mr. Gronneberg directs two high school percussion ensembles as well as 6th, 7th, and 8th grade percussion classes.

Mr. Gronneberg earned his Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Central Missouri under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Zabriskie, Dr. Steven Moore, and Dr. Scott Lubaroff. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Missouri State University and feels blessed to have been a member of the Dr. Belva Prather’s Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Gronneberg also spent the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006 as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps as a student of Colin McNutt, Lee Beddis, Ian Moyer, Brian Tinkel, and Zach Schlicher.

Mr. Gronneberg is the Missouri Chapter Vice President of the Percussive Arts Society and also a member of PAS, NAfME, and the Missouri Music Educators Association. He also is an Educational Artist for Innovative Percussion.

Josh Farris, Associate Director

Josh FarrisMr. Josh Farris is an Associate Director of Bands for the Grain Valley school district, where he has taught since 2012. Mr. Farris teaches winds classes at North Middle School, percussion classes at South Middle School, and co-teaches the middle school Honor Band and middle school Drumline. Additionally, he teaches the high school drumline, and assists with the district percussion program.

Prior to his time in Grain Valley, he worked as a percussion instructor at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri from 2007 to 2012. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Missouri State University in 2011, studying under Dr. Belva Prather and Dr. Guy Webb. Mr. Farris is a member of MMEA, NEA, PAS, and has served as assistant percussion coordinator for MCCGA.

Travis Barzee, Associate Director of Bands

Travis Barzee
Travis Barzee has been an Associate Director of Bands for the Grain Valley school district since 2017. Mr. Barzee teaches the Wind Symphony, assists with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the high school, and co-teaches at South Middle School where he primarily serves as a brass specialist. He is also the conductor of the very first Jazz Lab band in Grain Valley, where the band received straight 1 ratings at festival in its inaugural season. In the Summer and Fall, Mr. Barzee leads the visual program for the Grain Valley Marching Eagles.

Before being apart of the Grain Valley music education team, Mr. Barzee served as a brass and visual instructor at his alma mater, Blue Springs High School. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2017, studying euphonium with Kansas City Symphony principal trombonist Mr. Roger Oyster, and music education with Dr. Scott Lubaroff. Mr. Barzee is an active drill writer, visual consultant, and private euphonium teacher. He is also active in the drum corps community, having marched 3 seasons with the Cavaliers (2010-12) and 1 with the Blue Devils (2013), going on to teach at The Academy (2015) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2016-present). Travis met his wife Marisa at the Blue Devils, and they have a black lab that everyone calls “puppy”.

Adam Spirk, Associate Director

Mr. Adam Spirk joined the Grain Valley Band staff in 2015 as the Associate Director of Bands in charge of Jazz Studies. He is fortunate to be teaching in a community and school district that is so supportive of students and their growth in the band program. Prior to his appointment at Grain Valley, he served as the Assistant Marching Band Director at Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri from 2013 to 2015.

Mr. Spirk received his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from the University of Missouri in 2015. During his time at the university, he performed with the University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Band, Mizzou Saxophone Ensemble, and was a Drum Major of Marching Mizzou. He was a student of Dr. Brian Silvey, Dr. Wendy Sims, Dr. Brad Snow, Dr. Fuller Lyon and Professor Leo Saguiguit.