Graves, Brown join SJ Municipal Band for today’s concerts | Sight And Sound

ST. JOSEPH — Conductor Byron Graves and vocal soloist Brinden Brown will be the featured guest artists during the St. Joseph Municipal Band’s 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. concerts today at the John E.N. Howard Band Shell in downtown St. Joseph.

Graves, an assistant professor of music at Andrews University who also conducts the Wind Symphony, will guest conduct the band on Alfred Reed’s “Hounds of Spring.”

Prior to coming to Andrews, he held K-12 teaching positions in band, handbells and general music at Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake Elementary School and Union Springs Academy.

Graves obtained his master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Central Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Andrews University. He has completed doctoral coursework at Boston University and is currently working on his dissertation research on the topic of student belonging in high school band.

Brown, who returns to perform for the 16th straight season, will lead the singing of the national anthem and perform selections from “The Sound of Music.”

An alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and Bethel College, Brown has had a diverse musical career including performances with Bristol Opera House, the Elkhart County Symphony, Southwestern Michigan College Choir, Cleveland Opera, Cantorus Cleveland and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Her range includes a variety of vocal styles including opera, jazz, pop, country, gospel, musical theater and early music.

The band program also features the John Philip Sousa march “Hands Across the Sea”; “Mancini Spectacular,” arranged by Warren Barker; the march popularized by its use as the main theme music…

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