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Kristopher Grant

East Mississippi Community College
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Kristopher Grant is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at East Mississippi Community College.  Prior to coming to Mississippi, he and his wife completed their doctoral coursework West Virginia University where they are both classified as ABD, he in percussion and she in viola.  Before WVU, he completed his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Delaware.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education with Performance Honors degree from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  He was the featured marimba soloist in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 GVSU Percussion Ensemble and Steelband concerts, at the 2006 Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, and at the inaugural David Hall Marimba Camp, “Marimbamania,” in 2003.   He continues to present marimba concerts and clinics.  In June of 2007 he appeared with the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble in their critically acclaimed performance of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New 
York City.

As a steel drummer, he has performed in Sweden, Germany, and Israel for festivals and concerts as part of Delaware Steel.  The ensemble was one of the first steelbands to share the concert stage with a major symphony orchestra, performing the Radetzky March with the Israel Philharmonic in 2007.  The ensemble is very active, performing concerts and clinics in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  

Since 1998 he has been active in arranging and instructing for competitive marching bands across the country.  He has served as Assistant Director for several high school bands, focusing on visual rehearsal techniques and strategies.  His rehearsal methods aim to improve the performer’s connection between the musical and visual components.

He was also a tenured teacher in Hyattsville, MD, part of Prince George’s County Public Schools.  He taught beginning band and orchestra in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at five different elementary schools during his time there. 

His principal teachers of marimba have been Greg Secor, David Hall, and Orlando Cotto.  He has also studied timpani and percussion with David Gross and Harvey Price.  He has studied hand drumming, gyil, and African drum and dance with Orlando Cotto and Michael Vercelli.  During his undergraduate years he studied wind conducting with Barry Martin and Dr. Kevin Tutt, and orchestral conducting at the University of Delaware with Dr. Brian Stone. 

He is married to the violist Courtney Grant; together they have formed the SonorousDuo and are actively involved in commissioning new works for the marimba and viola from composers such as David Gillingham and Michael Kimber.

He is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist and a member of the Black Swamp Educator Network.