Dr. Ross Grant’s career spans 40 years of teaching music in Texas. He has directed the high school bands in Irving, Perryton, Sweetwater, Grand Prairie, Azle, Nevada and DeSoto – from the panhandle to the metroplex, and from class 2A to class 6A. While at each school his bands grew in numbers and in quality, often doubling in size. While in Nevada, he and his wife, Liz led the band to their first two UIL Sweepstakes Awards in the history of the school.
Prior to Texas Christian University, Grant was Director of Bands at DeSoto High School. The DeSoto Band received superior ratings at the Buccaneer, South Coast, World Wide Events, American Classic and UIL State Wind Ensemble Contest, winning Best in Class at festivals in Saint Louis, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Orlando and in the Meyerson Symphony Center. The DeSoto Marching Band was named Grand Champion four times at the UTA Marching Festival, twice at the Sam Houston University Marching Contest, and eight times at the State Fair of Texas Parade of Champions. The Marching Band was a “top 5” finalist at the UIL State Marching Contests eight times, winning the Governor’s Cup for “best overall artistic performance” in 1985. The marching band also performed in the Dallas Adolphus, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parades (1992 and 2002).
In 1997 Grant launched the “DeSoto in the Meyerson Concert Series,” featuring junior and senior high bands, guest artists, commissioned works, community church choirs, and school choirs. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and Arizona. His wife, Liz, also had a successful band directing career, teaching in Arlington, DeSoto, Azle, Richardson and Lewisville. As the head director at Briarhill Middle School, her first and second bands earned seven consecutive sweepstakes awards. Ross and Liz co-authored the book, “The Yellow Board: Questions and Answers from Veteran Band Directors”. They have two children, Gary and Gina, and three beautiful grandchildren.
- M.M., Music Education, University of North Texas
- B.M., Trumpet Performance and Music Education, Ouachita Baptist University
- Chairman, Instrumental Music Education, Texas Christian University, 2001-2003
Awards and Honors
- PTA, Teacher of the Year
- State Marching Contest Winners
- Honored, “Most influential teacher of a top-10 senior”, 7 times