Gianna Brier, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been playing the trumpet since the sixth grade at Westglades Middle School. She is currently in the Symphonic Band at MSD, and has been a member of the Eagle Regiment marching band since her freshman year.
In order to maintain her musical ability, Brier takes 30-40 minutes out of her day to practice. Her hard work has seemed to have paid off as she made All-County, a band where musicians audition and a group of directors select the best to play in their band for a concert, in 2019.
“My favorite part about playing trumpet is that my instrument always has unique and beautiful rhythms that move me,” Brier said. “It is so peaceful to release the stress of school and life by playing music.”
Brier is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at school, an inclusive club for all those within the music department. The group gives students an opportunity to dive deeper into the world of music through detailed conversations. As the parliamentary officer of the club, Brier loves guiding musicians through their journeys.
“Being a leader in Tri-M has been an amazing experience. My family and I have helped spearhead a charity event that the club participates in called ‘Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child,’ where we fill shoe boxes with school and hygienic supplies for children all over the world,” Brier said. “Being able to connect leadership with my love for music has truly been a blessing.”
Not only is Brier an active member in the music community, but she also spends her time playing lacrosse. Since starting in third grade, she is now a member of the women’s lacrosse team as a defender. Her favorite part is getting to make interceptions and assist in goals for the team.
Being a part of so many activities requires Brier to stay on top of her schedule and school work, especially as a junior.
“I manage school, music and lacrosse by having amazing teachers and coaches who allow me to manage time,” Brier said. “Fortunately, because of [COVID-19], I’ve been able to attend everything for lacrosse, while still being able to fulfill my commitment to band.”
With Brier being a senior next year, she has begun thinking about her future. She plans to study law and minor in music while playing lacrosse for either a college team or a club. She also has high hopes for auditioning for a concert band in college.