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UNT alumni among Grammy Award nominees

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Lucinda Breeding

The University of North Texas has alumni among the nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, and at least one resident is associated with a musical theater recording nominee. 

As of Wednesday, the following University of North Texas alumni are among projects nominated:

  • Trumpet player Frank David Greene is a member of the Christian McBride Big Band, which is also nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for Bringin' It.

  • Alumni Clay Jenkins, trumpet, and Rob Wilkerson, saxophone, performers in the Alan Ferber Big Band on the album Jigsaw, which is nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Come From Away is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album. A featured character in the musical is based on the real life experiences of retired American Airlines pilot and Denton resident Beverley Bass. 

  • Alumnus Brian A. Schmidt, conductor, for Tyberg: Masses, which is nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound Album. 

  • Alumnus Chuck Owen, composer-arranger for Whispers On The Wind, featuring fellow alumni Tom Brantley, trombone; Tamara Danielsson, saxophone; Frank Greene, trumpet; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; and Keith Oshiro, trombone. Whispers On the Wind is nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Best Instrumental Composition and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

  • Alumni members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra Deborah Mashburn, timpani; Eric Swanson, trombone; Jeff Baker, trombone; Kenneth Krause, clarinet; Kristin Van Cleve, violin; Liesl-Ann deVilliers, viola; Mitch Maxwell, cello; Shannon Highland, bassoon; and Shawna Hamilton, cello; as well as faculty member John Holt, trumpet, performed on Adamo: Becoming Santa Claus. The album is nominated for Producer Of The Year, Classical.

  • Alumnus Edward Stephan, timpani player for the Pittsburgh Orchestra, which is featured on the album Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio, nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

  • Stephan, also a timpani player for the San Francisco Symphony, which is featured in Debussy: Images; Jeux & La Plus Que Lente, is nominated for Best Orchestral Performance.

The awards will air live on Jan. 28 on CBS.

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