Associate Professor of Low Brass
Office Location: FAC 403
Dr. Graydon McGrannahan is Associate Professor of Low Brass at Drake University where he teaches applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and teaches courses in music education. In demand as a soloist and clinician, McGrannahan regularly performs recitals and master classes throughout the United States as well as internationally.
Dr. McGrannahan was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Ballet Orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Salem Brass Quintet, and Turner Center Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Orchestra, the Nevada Ballet Orchestra, and along artists such as Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, Davis Gaines, Toni Tennile, and Michael Davis. McGrannahan was the trombonist for several National Broadway tours such as: Wicked, The Book of Mormon, South Pacific, Chicago, Legally Blonde, White Christmas, and Young Frankenstein.
McGrannahan gave the world premiere performance of Jim Stephenson’s “Arch Rhapsody” for Bass Trombone and Winds in 2014. He was a featured soloist on the Drake University Wind Symphony recording, Collage (2009), performing Fryges Hidas’ Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble. McGrannahan published The Pedagogical Contributions of M. Dee Stewart to the Study of Trombone in 2011 and has contributed to the wind band series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.
Dr. McGrannahan earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, the Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Music from Florida State University. Past teachers include: Mack McGrannahan, M. Dee Stewart, Charles Vernon, Michael Mulcahy, John Drew, and Peter Ellefson.
McGrannahan holds memberships in the International Trombone Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, the American Federation of Musicians, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia, and Sigma Alpha Iota.