A G. “Mack” McGrannahan III served on the music faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno from 1975 to 2014. He assumed the position 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. In addition, he was director of the Lake Tahoe Music Camp, one of the most popular summer music camps on the west coast for 30 years. 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. In 2012 he was recognized as a Signature Sinfonian by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men’s music fraternity, for outstanding commitment and dedication to Music Performance and Education. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Service in Music Education from the Nevada Music Educators Association in April 2014.
Presently, Mack enjoys mornings in the greenhouse with Ozzie (his miniature schnauzer), spending as much time as possible with Earline and their three sons and families, and being Poppy to Owen, Kaili, Emi, Gage and Gracy.
Steve Martin (ASCAP) is owner and CEO of GPG Music, which provides works for concert band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, and marching band. His role at GPG includes composing and arranging, as well as administration and management of the company. He has written commissions, arrangements, and drill for nationally acclaimed and award-winning bands for nearly 25 years.
Steve received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Nevada, Reno and the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from California State University, Fresno. Dr. Martin began his career as a high school band director and currently works as a designer and composer for numerous high school and university programs across the United States.
Dr. Martin has arranged and composed works for a wide variety of genres. In 2004, he premiered his first concert band work High Regard. In 2005, he composed and produced the musical score for the full-length, independent motion picture Compadres. He has written for marching, pep, jazz, and concert bands, drum & bugle corps, musical theater and vocal ensemble.
Steve is a founding member of the Reno Wind Symphony and serves as Associate Conductor. He is currently active as a trumpet player, conductor, and composer throughout the United States. He is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, Music Educator's National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association with GPG Music. Steve lives in Reno with his wife Lara and two children, Gerry and Jessica.