Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education
Mr. John Grant
John Grant has been a noteworthy percussion teacher inside and outside the USA playing and teaching in marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and indoor drum lines for over 27 years. He is also a composer, arranger, and luthier. He played on the snare line for the World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, California. Before becoming a world championship snare drummer, he also played bass drum and snare for the Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps from Longview, Washington.
Mr. Grant lived in Brazil for 13 years where he studied Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts), Brazilian rhythms, Portuguese, and Brazilian culture. He is the creator and director of the Brazilian All-Star Drum Line, a nonprofit organization known as Tchá Degga Da. Mr. Grant and his group appeared on many Brazilian television programs including Brazil’s Got Talent. He was also the first ‘gringo’ samba school director in Brazil. He has published many drum line cadences, percussion ensemble arrangements, and has written a rudimentary drum line method book in Portuguese, Spanish, and soon to be available in English. Mr. Grant has also built percussion instruments such as marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, glockenspiels, and drum sticks in Brazil, China, and in the USA.
Mr. Grant has taught elementary, middle school, Jr. high school, high school, university, and drum corps percussion programs. For five years he was the drum line instructor for the University of Southern Mississippi. He has also taught the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, from Madison, Wisconsin, the Freelancers in door drum line from Sacramento, California, and Kadoudal Drum and Bugle Corps from Quiberon, France. Mr. Grant is happy and excited to be a part of the Elkins High School band program.