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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.

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*Member Photos by: Rick O’Neill

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