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Reportedly, Bryan's first train set was delivered within a week, or two, of his birth, courtesy of his grandfather, C. Newton Kidd. Family tradition holds that the main reason Granddaddy liked his position as a Director for the (old) Norfolk Southern Railroad, and later the Central of Georgia, was for the opportunity to "drive the train."

Currently, Bryan is the Composer/Arranger-in-Residence for the American Festival Pops Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Maiello. He served with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. for 26 years retiring as their Chief Composer/Arranger.
 

Bryan wrote arrangements of "More Today Than Yesterday," Happy Together," "Another Star" and "Everyday With You Girl" in a Vegas-Sinatra style for Rob Zappula's new CD "You Ought to Be Havin' Fun!" By way of contrast is his commemorative composition, "Turning Point," commissioned by the United States Navy Band on the occassion of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. 


Bryan is an annual recipient of ASCAP’s Standard Award, since 1996, for music he has written for middle and high school band and orchestra. His music, consistently endorsed as an "Editor's Choice" by J.W. Pepper & Co., is published by FJH Music Co., Curnow Music Press, and Alfred Music. 

 

Bryan's primary railroad interest is the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, which, along with the Norfolk & Western, ran through his hometown of Waynesboro, Virginia