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Dr. Bryan Raya

Associate Director of Bands
PA 3050
(307) 766-5242 | braya@uwyo.edu

Dr. Raya is the director of the Western Thunder Marching Band at the University of Wyoming. He recently finished his final semester as a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University (ASU) while earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind band conducting with his doctoral thesis, A Survey of the Current Financial Trends in American Adult Community Bands. Dr. Raya worked with multiple ensembles at ASU including the concerts bands, Sun Devil Marching band, and the pep band. Before earning his Master's in conducting from Fresno State in 2014, he was a bandmaster/conductor in the United States Army. He has performed as a trombonist and conductor throughout his musical career with various military and civilian ensembles throughout the world. Since graduating in 2005 with his Bachelor's degree in trombone performance, he has played for numerous dignitaries and government officials, including the President and Vice President of the United States of America as well as other elected and appointed officials from around the world. His military band assignments include Alabama, Texas, Hawaii, and South Korea. While he was with the 25th Infantry Division Band stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, he was deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2006 to September 2007. Dr. Raya’s highest military position and last assignment was as the Executive Officer with the 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

A decorated military veteran, Dr. Raya has numerous achievements and honors. These include being named the 2006 U.S. Army, Pacific Soldier of the Year, the Distinguished Honor Graduate for the Army's Advanced Leader Course in 2010, and being selected as a warrant officer/bandmaster for the U.S. Army in 2011.

Before he joined the Army, Dr. Raya performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps including their 1999 championship season, and he worked with numerous high school and college marching band programs. Dr. Raya is inspired by his previous mentors, Dr. James Klein and Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, in both trombone and conducting. He is a member of the Association of Concert Bands, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Military Officers Association of America, and also a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band service fraternity.


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