Joe Gransden and his Big Band return to Reinhardt


As they say in the performance world, the show must go on. This was especially the case for Joe Gransden and his Big Band, who faced possibly having to reschedule their performance after Waleska was left without power for two days following Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, electricity was fully restored to Reinhardt Wednesday evening, and the performance scheduled for Thursday, September 14th at 7:30 PM was able to proceed as planned.

The concert featured multiple talented soloists.

Since Gransden and his Big Band are returning performers, many members of the local community, students and faculty were expectant of this year’s concert. Herb and Martha Alford, local residents said, “We thought they might [come back] because they were really good last year, and we loved them- this place was packed. I don’t know, sometimes Thursday nights are not a good night, but I would like to see more of this kind of music. This is the kind of music that you don’t forget.”

The audience seemed to be very appreciative of the performance and the night was full of applause for the talented musicians. Sophomore and Music Education Major, Amani Jones said, “It’s amazing, I love his voice and I love the band. Now that I’m taking a Brass Methods class, seeing him do all that stuff with the vocal technique is something that I can’t fathom.”

Canton resident Marsha Manning said “I think tonight’s performance is excellent, I like it. I’m enjoying it.”

Gransden’s rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon” was a crowd favorite.

Junior Music Ed Major Brady Payne- who saw their performance last year- stated, “It’s very well put together, even though he seems a bit off-kilter, I think it’s really good for the performance.” Payne himself was able to experience the performance on a personal level after Gransden invited him on stage to sing, and continued to call on him for the rest of the evening. “Honestly I thought he was just going to give a shoutout for the low note thing, but he eventually was like ‘ya know, just come on up’, and I was like ‘oh gosh, what am I gonna do now’. So I just kind of walked up there and it was just a flash. It was great though, it was really fun,” Payne said.

For most of the audience, Fly Me to the Moon seemed to be the pick of the night. Robert (Bob) Hardt, a member of the advising committee for FPAC, though there were too many great songs to choose a favorite, eventually settled on the classic as well. “Oh boy, to try to pick one out of all of that…maybe Fly Me to the Moon,” Hardt said. Overall, most everyone in attendance would likely agree that the jazz and fun-filled night was one they wouldn’t want to have missed.

Joe and his Big Band never failed to entertain the crowd.

Freshman Performance Guitar and Sacred Music Major, Erwing Landazabal stated, “I think if it’s a local artist from the community, I think it’s pretty awesome to support your people. But in general, I think it’s more like they’re missing out if they don’t come and see some of these shows. Like the building is already here, so it doesn’t really need support, but they’re missing out, this is a huge gift we’ve been given. A blessing, so thank you, Jesus.”


Written by: Magdalena Quarles

Photos by: Magdalena Quarles

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