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Harry Grainger

Harry participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school he began studying saxophone and flute so he could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior he got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.

Harry attended the University of Denver. He was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. He was honorably discharged after a three year tour and returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.

He started teaching and playing professionally during college and has done so ever since. In the course of his career he has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras.

He has performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. He has also played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.

Having played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings. He has been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.

Harry teaches to share the enthusiasm and joy he has for music with students. He feels passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. He relates well to kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn, and also enjoys teaching adults.

Harry helps the student build good fundamentals. Lessons are customized to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. He offers students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge and teaches all levels from young beginners to adult professionals.

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