by Mary WilsonIn the works for over a year, the Grandview Alumni Big Band performed in concert on Father’s Day, June 21. Alumni from eight states, Canada and South Korea came together to share in the special event.
Just days before the concert, former Grandview band director Garry Anders passed away. The Alumni Big Band was something to which he was deeply committed, and he was a driving force behind its development. Anders’ family designated the Grandview Band Program as a recipient of memorials in his honor.
The Grandview Alumni Big Band consisted of: David Chael (1993), Justin Conklin (2011), Mario Cortez (2007), Michael Herrera (2003), Aryana Nemati-Baghestani (2010), Mike Steffen (1998), Gerald Turner (2010), Grant Wood (1989), Teddy Krulwich (2010), Ryan Peters, Kristopher Williams (2002), James Withers (2007), Matthew Correll (2000), Ron Curtis (2008), Daniel Drummond, Rob Drummond (1991), Timothy Ogutu (2015), Anthony Cooperwood (1989), Ben Merello (1999), Micah Clement (2001), DeAnthony Nelson (2004), Zico Orozco (2000), Jameson Stewart (1998); and was directed by Robert Drummond and Danny Watring.