Discovery Bands

Welcome to the Discovery Middle School Band Program!

Discovery Middle School is located in Granger, Indiana and is a nationally and state-level award winning school. The Discovery Band Program is over 230 students strong and encompasses four concert ensembles, two extracurricular jazz bands, basketball pep band, and active solo and ensemble participation. Click on the navigation button on the left to see a menu of important band information and learn more about our program. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Director Murray Weaver or Assistant Director Isaac Brinberg.

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Murray Weaver is the head band director at Discovery Middle School in Granger Indiana which is part of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. Murray is originally from Goshen, Indiana and received his undergraduate degree in music education from Ball State University and masters degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University.

Mr. Weaver spent his first twelve years teaching at Penn High School as an assistant band director and director of jazz studies and percussion studies. Under his guidance the jazz bands received local and state recognition including being named Honor Band at the Purdue and Northrop Jazz Festivals. His percussion groups won awards at marching band festivals, Indiana Percussion Association marching percussion events and nationally at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in 2003 and 2006.

In 2007 Murray became the band director at Discovery Middle School where he teaches bands 6th through 8th grade and also directs the pep band and jazz band. The Discovery bands have earned golds at ISSMA organizational contest each year including several “with distinction” designations. The Discovery 8th grade band was selected for state level recognition in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors project from the Foundation For Music Education for the state of Indiana in 2013.

As a clinician Murray has been guest conductor for the Indiana Band Masters Association All-Region Bands, the Association of Christian Schools International music festival at Bethel College in 2013, and a clinician for the Indiana Day of Percussion. He has been an adjudicator for ISSMA solo and ensemble contests, jazz festivals, middle school/junior high organizational contests, marching festivals and for Drum Corps Midwest. Professional memberships include: Indiana Bandmasters Association, Percussive Arts Society, Indiana Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education and is a VIP member of the Conn-Selmer Corporation and a Vic Firth Educator Endorser.

Murray lives in South Bend with his wife Gail and two children Evelyn and Ian. He plays professionally in the area for Musical Arts Indiana, the Twin Cities Jazz Orchestra and local rock band Lightly Sauced.

Isaac Brinberg is the assistant band director at Discovery Middle School in Granger, Indiana. He is originally from the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, and holds his Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Minor in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, graduating with High Distinction.

Mr. Brinberg teaches the Symphonic Band and Intermediate Jazz Bands at Discovery and team teaches Honors, Concert, and 6th Grade Bands with Mr. Weaver. Mr. Brinberg also is the baritone tech with the Penn Marching Kingsmen and leads the After School Jazz Orchestra at Penn High School. Mr. Brinberg is an active private lessons teacher and works with trombone, euphonium, and tuba students of all levels.

Mr. Brinberg studied tuba with Daniel Perantoni at Indiana University. He also studied piano with Doctoral Student Daniel Lin, a member of Jean-Louis Haguenauer's studio. Mr. Brinberg was a member of the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Symphony and University Orchestras, the IU Marching Hundred, the Concert and Symphonic Bands and several student brass quintets.

As an aspiring Wind Band conductor, Mr. Brinberg has participated in the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Symposia in 2017 as well as the Virginia Tech Band Director's Institute in 2012 and 2013, having the opportunity to learn from Michael Haithcock, Mallory Thompson, Steve Davis, Craig Kirchhoff, and Travis Cross.

While at Indiana University, Mr. Brinberg served as Vice-President of the NBA-Indiana University Chapter, Treasurer of the William Bell Memorial Chapter of ITEA, and was a member of NAfME-Indiana University Chapter. Mr. Brinberg also served as a conference administrator and volunteer coordinator for the 2014 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, hosted at Indiana University.

Isaac lives in South Bend and enjoys exercising, reading, cooking, and playing golf!