MEET THE TEAM
BRENNAN BEAR MARCHING BAND has achieved a reputation of excellence, owing to its committed and talented team members and mentors. Brought together by a deep passion for performance and music, each bandmate brings their own unique character and sound to the High School Marching Band. Get to meet the faces behind the music.
THOMAS B. KOBER
Director of Bands
Thomas Kober is the Director of Bands at William J. Brennan High School (6A) in San Antonio, TX and is a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Mr. Kober began his time at Brennan High School in the fall of 2016, and has been the primary conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and co-instructor of all other ensembles including the Varsity Full Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the Brennan Bear Marching Band since that time. During this tenure, the band program has seen much growth and success – Receiving many superior ratings, best in class, and championship distinctions at district, regional, area, and state wide events. The band was an Area Honor Band finalist in 2017, placed 2nd in the US Bands National Championship in 2018, was selected as a TMEA Clinic Ensemble in 2019, and most recently qualified for the Music for All National Festival in the spring of 2020.
Prior to his time at Brennan, Mr. Kober was an Associate Director of Bands at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, TX, where his duties were as an Associate Conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra, all four concert bands and the marching band. Under his direction and guidance, all ensembles of The O'Connor High School Band and Orchestra Programs exclusively earned UIL "sweepstakes" ratings. The O'Connor High School Marching Band has was selected as a participant at the Texas State Marching Band Contest, and won the UIL Area G contest in 2014. His ensembles also produced outstanding individual musicians, having sent over 25 students to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Prior to his time at O’Connor High School, Mr. Kober worked as a Band Staff Member at Azle High School in Azle, Texas. While at Azle High School, Mr. Kober was a contributing member of the staff that led the band program to its highest placement at the Texas State Marching Contest, finishing in 13th place. In the concert season, he conducted both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band on various works, receiving superior ratings for all performances.
Mr. Kober has also had an extensive background in Drum Corps International (DCI) and Winterguard International (WGI), most recently working on the design team and heading the music caption with the Blue Knights Winds. Prior to working with Blue Knights, he was on the music instructional staff with Santa Clara Vanguard and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Kober is an alumni of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a drum major for four years.
Associate Director of Bands
Mark Wolocki is the Associate Director of Bands at Brennan High School. He is the primary conductor of the Symphonic Band, and assists with all other ensembles including theVarsity Full Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and the award winning Brennan Bear Marching Band.
Before coming to Brennan, Mr. Wolocki taught at G.W. Brackenridge in SAISD, where he taught the concert band, intermediate band, music theory, and team taught the marching band. During his time at Brackenridge the band program received numerous honors including the Concert Band’s first UIL Sweepstakes. Before coming to San Antonio he was an assistant band director in the West Orange-Cove CISD.
Mr. Wolocki is also an avid performer. He plays regularly with the Heart of Texas Concert Band in the clarinet section. He was a featured soloist in 2016 with Heart of Texas, performing Morton Gould’s “Derivations” for solo clarinet and jazz band. Mark also performs with the Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble. The group will be performing at the 2016 International Clarinet Association Conference.
Mr. Wolocki earned a Masters in Clarinet Performance from Louisiana State University in 2010, studying with Robert DiLutis. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree from Ithaca College in Music Education.
Mr. Wolocki resides in San Antonio, Texas and enjoys spending time with his wife Ella and their 19 cats.
Associate Director of Bands
Timothy Briones is a percussion performer and educator based in San Antonio, TX. After receiving his Bachelors at the University of Texas at Austin and Masters at the Eastman School of Music, Tim moved to San Antonio and is now in his fifth year of teaching. Tim has performed in showcase concerts and master classes at the PAS International Convention, and has collaborated with numerous gifted artists including line upon line percussion group, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, and Kathy Dunn Hamerick Dance Company. In 2013, Tim performed and recorded the North American premier of the percussion sextetErewhon by Dufourt for Vic Firth.