Associate Professor of Low Brass/Associate Director of Bands
Office Location: FAC 236
Dr. Grady McGrannahan is Associate Professor of Low Brass and Associate Director of Bands at Drake University where he teaches trombone, tuba and euphonium, is conductor of the wind ensemble, concert band, and trombone choir, director of athletics bands, and teaches courses in music education and jazz history. In demand as a soloist, clinician/adjudicator, and guest conductor, McGrannahan has performed, guest conducted and adjudicated in Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.
Dr. McGrannahan made his International performing and conducting debut in May 2013 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. While in Dublin, Dr. McGrannahan performed a solo recital and taught a masterclass for Academy brass students. In addition to his solo engagements, he guest conducted the Academy Band at their year-end concert in the Irish National Concert Hall, which featured all Academy ensembles. In March 2013, he led the Drake Trombone Choir in its first appearance (and the first trombone choir from the state of Iowa) at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, held in Ft. Myer, Virginia. McGrannahan has also performed at the International Trombone Festival.
McGrannahan published The Pedagogical Contributions of M. Dee Stewart to the Study of Trombone in 2011 and has contributed to the pedagogical series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He was a featured soloist on the Drake University Wind Symphony recording, Collage (2009), performing Fryges Hidas’ Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble.
Dr. McGrannahan has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Orchestra Iowa, the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Orchestra, the Nevada Ballet Orchestra, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Salem Brass Quintet, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Ballet Orchestra. He has performed with artists such as Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, Davis Gaines, Toni Tennile, and Michael Davis. McGrannahan frequently performs as trombonist for Broadway touring shows in Des Moines, which include: Wicked, The Book of Mormon, South Pacific, Chicago, Legally Blonde, and Young Frankenstein and in 2013, White Christmas.
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 degree from Florida State University. He has studied trombone with Mack McGrannahan, M. Dee Stewart, Charles Vernon, Michael Mulcahy, and John Drew, and has studied conducting with Ray Cramer, Mallory Thompson, and Richard Clary.
Prior to his appointment to Drake University in 2007, Dr. McGrannahan taught at Sprague High School in Salem, Oregon. While at the Grammy Award winning high school, his students consistently earned superior ratings at state and district festivals. He has also taught at Valparaiso High School and Reno High School.
McGrannahan holds memberships in the College Band Director’s National Association, the International Trombone Association, the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, the American Federation of Musicians, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha.