A. G. “Mack” McGrannahan III served on the music faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno from 1975 to 2014. He assumed the position of Director of Bands in 1979. During his 39-year teaching career he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Campus Band, Brass Choir, and Trombone Choir. He also taught applied trombone and low brass, as well as courses in instrumental conducting and secondary instrumental methods. He presently holds the rank of Director of Bands/Professor of Music Emeritus.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. McGrannahan received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University. He also received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in trombone performance and conducting from the University of North Texas.
He is currently the Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Reno Wind Symphony, an adult community band, which he organized and founded in 2006. He is also the Conductor and Program Director for the Reno Municipal Band, sponsored by the City of Reno.
In 2008, Dr. McGrannahan was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Mack holds membership in the Association of Concert Bands, College Band Directors National Association, International Trombone Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Nevada Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Service in Music Education from the Nevada Music Educators Association in April, 2014. He also chartered the Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 1989, and presently serves as a Province Governor for that fraternity.