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Throwback Thursday – name these musicians!

One of our members with another famous musician – can you name both?

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We did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Musician Profile: Rich Graber, percussion, joined in 2006, from Pembroke Pines, Florida

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I am a native of Pembroke Pines, Florida. I have performed with most of the orchestras on the Florida Peninsula, including the New World Symphony for one season. I joined the Nashville Symphony in 2006, coming from the Louisiana Philharmonic. I earned degrees at the Eastman School of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

I enjoy playing percussion in large part because of the variety of instruments and styles. Nashville has been a good fit for me as there are many different musical genres in the city. I enjoy the great scenery that the mid-state area offers. I am impressed with the large number of excellent musicians in the Nashville area, as a whole, and all of my wonderful colleagues in the Nashville Symphony.

Musician Profile: Glen Wanner, Assistant Principal Bass, joined in 1989, from Westlake Village, California

Glen Wanner, Assistant Principal Bass, joined in 1989, from Westlake Village, California

Glen Wanner, Assistant Principal Bass, joined in 1989, from Westlake Village, California

I drove into Nashville in 1989 to take the NSO Assistant Principal Bass audition with little more than a bass, some clothes, and a bike. Prior to that, I had been playing in the New World Symphony in Miami after receiving music degrees from the University of Southern California and New England Conservatory.

Shortly after my arrival, I set out to explore Tennessee on my bicycle and soon discovered that riding in the rural areas was wonderful. After writing and publishing Bicycle Middle Tennessee and later Bicycling the Natchez Trace with my wife, symphony flutist Ann Richards, I decided to get involved in making Nashville a better city for walking and biking.

As a founding board member of Walk/Bike Nashville, I eventually served two years as president. At the time, Nashville had no bike lanes or greenways. Recently, Nashville earned a bronze award from the League of American Bicyclists largely due to our efforts and our partnership with forward-thinking city leaders.

I have always loved teaching music and have been on the Blair School of Music faculty for 20 years. Several of my students are now professional musicians performing with both classical groups and big name popular artists. My main goal is to share my passion for music with students regardless of where it takes them. I guess you could say that once someone learns to truly appreciate music, it is like riding a bike – they never forget.