Rob Grice's compositions have been performed widely within the United States as well as internationally, including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. His original works and arrangements have been selected for performance at the Midwest Clinic, Society of Wind Instruments (Germany), Texas Music Educators Conference, Carnegie Hall, Bands of America Regional Championships, as well as numerous state and regional events. His music was featured on Japan's JVC Victor Entertainment BRN Compact Disc Series, a standard interpretive reference source for Japan's school music program. He receives many request to commission new concert works and creates numerous publications for concert band and string orchestra each year. In 2010, Mr. Grice traveled to Oman to conduct the American International School of Muscat High School Symphonic Band in the premiere performance of "Mountain of the Sun".
Mr. Grice's background as an educator includes teaching instrumental music at the elementary, secondary and college levels as well as teaching orchestration, music appreciation, private piano and various educational workshops as an adjunct professor at the college level. Mr. Grice has served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States including a guest appearance at 2005 Midwest Clinic in "Writing, Arranging, and Re-Arranging Music for your Young Band" sponsored by Northeastern Music Publications. His compositions have gained much popularity among music educators and students alike and have been selected for numerous state, national, and international contest music lists.
Deborah Bradley has been the Professor of Music at Georgia Military College since 2013. Prior to that, she taught middle school, high school and college throughout Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Ms. Bradley was named the Teacher of the Year for both the Valdosta Junior High School and Cook County High School as well as system wide Teacher of the Year for the Cook County Schools.
Notable honors include:
The Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation 1986 (presented by Col. George S. Howard)
(OSMA)Outstanding Service to Music Award from the National Board of Tau Beta Sigma Band Fraternity 2001
Induction into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame in Columbus, GA 2008
The International Golden Rose Award from Women Band Band Directors International 2016
Key to the City of New Orleans for Outstanding Performance and contribution to the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984
Raymond Smith joined the Troy University faculty in 1990 and retired from full time teaching in 2017. During his tenure, he served as Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet, Assistant Band Director, Director of Jazz Studies, Conductor of the University Concert Band, Conductor of the Music Theater Orchestra, and a member of the Graduate Teaching Faculty. Raymond Smith is a graduate of Troy University and the University of South Florida with degrees in Music Education and Performance.
Mr. Smith began his professional performance career at the age of 15. His professional credits include appearances with universities, schools, civic, and professional groups across the South. Professor Smith has recorded, performed with, and accompanied many of the legends of jazz and commercial music including: the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Tampa Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Geoffrey Ballet, Barnum and Bailey Circus, and numerous Broadway musicals. Mr. Smith has appeared with Sammy Davis, Jr., Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, Burt Bacharach, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Arnold, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Platters, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Steve Allen, Shirley Jones and many, many others.
Raymond Smith continues to serve Troy University as Professor Emeritus. Professor Smith teaches general studies music, directs the Southeast Alabama Community Band, and is an active clinician, adjudicator, recitalist, conductor, and educator.