Faculty & Staff

about our directors

  • Andrew Drinkall

    Andrew Drinkall is currently Director of Choral Activities and is the Performing Arts Chair at Troy Buchanan high School. He is co-director of the Eighth Grade Choir, Women’s Choir, Freshman Choir, Concert Choir and the TBHS show choirs, Express and Soundwave. He also co-directs the annual musical and maintains a private voice studio. During his 19 years at TBHS the choirs have received consistent superior ratings at festivals and contests, and in 2005 the TBHS Men’s Choir was selected to perform at the MMEA state music convention in Osage Beach, MO.  Under Drinkall, Troy show choirs have had opportunities to travel and compete at prestigious competitions in places as far away as California and Canada.

    Drinkall holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Coe College in IA and a Master of Music Education degree from Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago. He was awarded the “Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year” award in 2003 as well as being named to Who’s Who Among High School Teachers for the last 15 years. Drinkall has served as Choral Vice President for the Northeast District of MMEA and also served as the Assistant Director for the Midwest European Honor Choir.

    Andrew just finished serving as the ACDA R&S Chair for Missouri Show Choir and is currently the R&S Chair for SWACDA Show Choir. He is a member of ACDA, MMEA and MSTA and, most importantly, he is the father of 10 year old Ainsley!

  • Aaron Zart

    Aaron Zart is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Troy Buchanan High School. This year, he co-directs the Eighth Grade Choir, Women’s Choir, Freshman Choir, Concert Choir, both TBHS show choirs, and the annual musical. Zart is a member of ACDA, NAfME, the Barbershop Harmony Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa. This will be Aaron’s first year teaching and he is extremely excited to get a start in such an amazing program.

    Zart was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where he got his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at UNL, he participated in a variety of different choral ensembles such as Varsity Men’s Chorus, Big Red Singers, and University Singers, holding many leadership roles in each. Aaron also directed UNL’s premiere all-male a cappella group, The Bathtub Dogs, which has received numerous awards and has released 5 studio albums.

    Other than teaching choir, Aaron’s second passion is for barbershop music. He served as the assistant director for the Lincoln Continentals Barbershop Chorus, has been hired as a clinician and coach for barbershop ensembles and Harmony Explosion camps, founded and directed The Good Life Chorus (Nebraska’s first youth barbershop chorus), and has sang in many choruses and quartets.

    Aaron also loves football - especially watching his Huskers on Saturdays in the fall. Go Big Red!

  • Meghan Pieper

    Meghan Pieper is the Director of Choirs at Troy South Middle School.  In addition to teaching grade-level choirs at TSMS, she directs Tonali-T, the competitive middle school show choir, and co-directs the middle school musical.

    Meghan has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Truman State University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri. 

    She previously taught in the Hannibal Public Schools and she worked with the Missouri Summer Music Institute at Mizzou prior to joining the Troy Choral Department.  She has directed both high school and middle school musical theatre productions, as well as drama classes, and she also teaches private studio lessons.

    Meghan has been a clinician and guest conductor for choirs in the northeast Missouri area and has appeared as a featured soloist with jazz and concert bands.  She is a member of ACDA, NAfME and Sigma Alpha Iota.

    Meghan enjoys spending time with her wonderful family.  She is married to Chris Pieper, a middle school band director and Troy Buchanan graduate.  They have two children, Bennett and Eleanor, who are their pride and joy.

about our staff

  • Guy Grimstead

    Guy Grimstead joined the TBHS family in January 2015 as the Choral Department Music Assistant. He assists Mr. Drinkall and Mr. Zart in the TBHS choral office and accompanies for many of the choral groups in the Troy R3 District along with both TBHS show choirs. 

    Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he comes from a long line of musical performers. In 1992, He received a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Bethany University in Scotts Valley, CA. He has been performing professionally and instructing music students privately for 30 years.

    His main work experience has been as a worship leader for a variety of churches throughout California and Tennessee. While being classically trained on piano, he also enjoys performing standards from the great American songbook. In 2006, he relocated to the Palm Springs area to perform nightly at Bing Crosby’s Restaurant and Piano Lounge in Rancho Mirage. He met and married a lovely lady from Troy and they recently moved back to Lincoln County to raise their children in this great community.

    Along with producing recordings for a number of artists the last 20 years, Guy has also released three CDs of his own…“Meditations” - a spontaneous recording of relaxing piano improvisations; “LIVE at Bing Crosby’s” - a tribute to Sinatra hits; and recently “My Favorite Hymns” – his original piano arrangements of classic gospel hymns.

    Guy’s passion in the classroom is to utilize technology and fun to help students get the most out of learning. In his leisure, he loves spending time with his wife Mande and their three small boys working on GFB (The upcoming "Grimstead Family Band").

  • Cathy Whitworth

    Cathy Whitworth was Director of Middle School and High School Choirs in Troy, Mo. for over 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, studying under Dr. Eph Ehly.

    During Cathy's teaching tenure, her choirs consistently earned Honor I ratings at contest and competitions. She has directed over 24 high school musical productions and was the accompanist for 15 other musicals. Her show choirs consistently earned top honors and performed in Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. Cathy served as the Middle School Honor Choir Coordinator for the state of Missouri for two years, as well as the Northeast District Representative for Music Educators of Missouri for two years.

    Since she retired, Cathy is accompanying at Troy Buchanan High School, teaching piano lessons, and directing the choir at First Christian Church. She also directs the music and the pit for the musicals that the Wentzville Christian Church performs each spring.

    Cathy is celebrating 36 years of marriage with Bob Whitworth, who is a retired communication technician with Verizon at Boeing. They are proud parents of Thomas, who will soon complete his EMT studies.

  • Bobby Picker

    Bobby Picker is an Alumni of Troy Buchanan High School where he was a member of “Express” Show Choir all 4 years. He was also involved in the men’s acapella group “Dodecaphonics”. Bobby is thrilled to be involved with such an amazing program and doing so alongside an incredible staff. After high school he would go on to attend Lindenwood University where he studied Musical Theatre.

    Actively auditioning during school, Bobby received an opportunity to continue performing after of college. He moved to Orlando, Florida and worked as an Equity Singer/Dancer at Walt Disney World. Other venues he could be seen in included: Universal Studios, Busch Gardens Tampa, Six Flags St. Louis, Holiday World, Matt Davenport Productions, Entertainment Central Agency, Frog Choir, and The Muny St. Louis!

    Growing up in a smaller town though, Bobby wanted to come back to the community that had treated him so well and felt he could still have music in his life. He now works as an Independent Insurance Agent at K.Flynn Insurance Agency in Troy, MO.