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Donald Grantham served residencies in 2008 as a composer at the University of Houston, Florida State University, and with the Lone Star Wind Symphony, where he gave master classes and attended rehearsals and performances of his works. In addition, his wind ensemble compositions received multiple performances worldwide. All the composer’s works are currently available from Piquant Press.


The commissioned work Baron La Croix’s Shuffle, for wind ensemble, was introduced January 19, 2008, by the Grossmont (CA) District Honor Band, under the direction of Jerry Junkin. Lone Star Twister for wind ensemble, was commissioned and premiered May 20 by the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, led by Timothy Rhea, Dallas, TX. Baritone David Small and pianist Rick Rowley presented The War Prayer (text by Mark Twain), February 25, 2009, Austin, TX. The commissioned work Symphony for Winds and Percussion, will receive its premiere March 26 by the West Texas A&M Wind Ensemble, directed by Don Lefevre, CBDNA Convention, Austin, TX.


Baron Cimetiére’s Mambo, for wind ensemble, was presented March 6, 2008 by the University of Florida Wind Symphony, under the direction of David Waybright,  American Bandmasters Association, University of Miami, FL. The Crosstown Trio presented Music for the Crosstown Trio, for saxophone, viola, and piano, on April 18 at the 2008 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Columbia, SC. Farewell to Grey for wind ensemble was performed July 3-4 by the United States Military Academy Band, led by Lt. Col. Timothy J. Holton, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY. New Mexico Twilight for flute and clarinet was heard in a July 4 performance by Katherine and Jesse Krebs, International Clarinet Association Clarinet Fest, Kansas City.


Starry Crown for wind ensemble, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conductor; Albany Records.



The composer reports: “I received the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, Composition, at a ceremony at the University of Alabama at the premiere of my composition Starry Crown, January 19, 2007.” Grantham was Composer-in-Residence January 17-20 at the University of Alabama and April 13-16 at Michigan State University. Baron St. Croix’s Shuffle, a work for wind ensemble commissioned by the Grossmont School District (a consortium of eleven high schools in La Mesa, CA) premiered January 19, 2008.


Paul Davis conducted the commissioned work From ‘An Alabama Songbook’, for wind ensemble, at its January 19, 2007, introduction by the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble. On April 15, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, led by Kevin Sedatole, presented the premiere performance of the commissioned work Starry Crown for wind ensemble. Las Vegas Shuffle (Leaving Broke), for trombone choir, was performed by the commissioning ensemble, the University of Texas at Austin Trombone Choir, on June 7, at the 2007 International Trombone Convention in Las Vegas, NV.


Starry Crown, Baron St. Croix’s Shuffle, and From ‘An Alabama Songbook’, all for wind ensemble; Las Vegas Shuffle (Leaving Broke), trombone choir; all by Piquant Press.


Composers Collection: Donald Grantham, 13 compositions for wind ensemble, 2 discs; Transformations, includes Court Music for wind ensemble; Altered States, includes Baron Cimetiére’s Mambo and Baron Samedi’s (Sarabande and Soft Shoe) both for wind ensemble; all by North Texas Wind Symphony conducted by Eugene Migliaro Corporon; all by GIA. Music for the Blanton for large chamber ensemble, recorded by faculty and students from the School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin; available for download on the Blanton Museum of Art website.




In 2005, Donald Grantham received a commission from Daniel Hamermesh for Five Preludes for Piano. He has also been actively engaged as guest composer serving as: Composer-in-Residence, Hendrix College, Conway, AR, November 2004; guest composer, Baton Rouge Symphony, February 2005; Composer-in-Residence, Louisiana State University New Music Festival, February 2005; and Composer-in-Residence, Oklahoma State University, April 2005.


Baron Samedi’s Sarabande (and Soft Shoe) was commissioned and introduced by the Tennessee Tech Wind Ensemble on November 3, 2005. Music for the Blanton for large chamber ensemble, commissioned by the University of Texas to celebrate the opening of the Blanton Museum, was presented on April 24 and 30, 2005 by faculty members of the School of Music at the Museum. The Cross Town Trio commissioned and premiered Music for the Cross Town Trio, for saxophone, viola, and piano, at the International Saxophone Congress, July 8, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The children’s musical Three Grimm Fairy Tales, a commissioned 45-minute work for three actors designed to be performed at elementary school in central Texas, was introduced on August 8 in Dallas, TX. Commissioning artist Carlos Prieto presented Son of Cimetière, for cello and piano, in fall 2006, while the wind ensemble Trumpet Gloria also premiered in the fall in a performance by a consortium of wind ensembles under the direction of Paula Crider.


Music for the Blanton, large chamber ensemble; Baron Samedi’s Sarabande (and Soft Shoe), wind ensemble; Music for the Cross Town Trio, saxophone, viola, and piano; Three Grimm Fairy Tales, children’s musical; Son of Cimetière, cello and piano; Trumpet Gloria, wind ensemble; all by Piquant Press,


Houston Strokes for percussion ensemble; University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Blake Wilkins; Albany Records. We Remember Them, for a cappella chorus, text from the Hebrew Union Prayer Book; Conspirare Choir directed by Craig Hella Johson; Clarion. Court Music for wind ensemble; Showa Wind Symphony led by Eugene Corporon; CAFU Records, Inc. Japan. Fantasy Variations on “Gershwin Remembered“ for wind ensemble; U.S. Coast Guard Band, under the direction of Lt. Kenneth W. Megan; United States Information Agency. Baron Cimetière’s Mambo on “To The Edge of Space” for wind ensemble; U.S. Air Force Mid America Band, Capt. Donald Schofield, conductor; United States Information Agency.

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