Zack O’Bryant’s music career began, like many, in high school where he played in school bands, church bands, and local garage bands. After his second season with Spirit of Atlanta in 2006, he joined the Marine Corps to be a performing member of “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. In his time there, Sergeant O’Bryant performed all across the country for celebrities, foreign heads-of-state, and three U.S. Presidents as well as performing abroad in Japan, France, and Canada. O’Bryant was honorably discharged in March of 2011 and started attending college at the University of North Alabama that same fall. During his time at UNA, Zack spent several semesters performing with the UNA marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. Mr. O’Bryant performed with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra for three seasons from 2012-2015 where he served as principal percussionist. In addition, after winning their Solo Artist Competition in 2015, Zack had the opportunity to perform a marimba concerto with the orchestra. He graduated from UNA with his Bachelors in Percussion Performance in 2015 and Masters in Music Education in 2017. O’Bryant is currently a percussionist in the Alabama winds as well as the assistant band director and director of percussion at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Alabama.
Pat Stegall received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education at the University of North Alabama. He is a past chairman of the Alabama Bandmasters Association District Three and is active as a clinician and judge for band festivals and honor bands throughout the southeast. Mr. Stegall is a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity and is a past president. In 2004, Mr. Stegall was Teacher of the Year for the Muscle Shoals City School System. He received the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Alabama Band Director Award in 2013. Mr. Stegall is a past president of the Alabama Music Education Association and is the current AMEA Treasurer and Registrar.
His career included teaching at L.E. Willson Middle School (1980), Lexington High School (1980-1984), and as a traveling consultant for Decatur Band Instrument Company (1984-1988). During his 23 year (1989-2011) tenure at Muscle Shoals High School, the bands consistently received superior ratings at Marching, Concert and Jazz Festivals, including Grand Champion Awards at Vanderbilt University and Pinson Valley, the All Star Music Festival in Orlando, and four consecutive Class A championships at the Bands of America Regional competition in the Atlanta Georgia Dome. Prior to his retirement in 2011, the Symphonic Band had a string of sixteen superior ratings at concert band assessment, the last two being “Superior with Distinction” awards. Mr. Stegall says that he credits his success to the excellent students, staff, band parents and administrative support afforded him at Muscle Shoals. Currently, Mr. Stegall enjoys serving as music education coordinator at the University of North Alabama, teaching private clarinet and sax lessons, serving as a band leadership consultant, playing in the “Alabama Winds” community band, and trying to find time to pursue his hobby as an avid crappie fisherman.