Mande GraggPerforming Artist & Educator
Mande Gragg is an independent private clarinet teacher and music educator based in Midland, Texas. Mande received her Bachelor of Music degree from Angelo State University in 2005 and has since served as a clarinet teacher, performing musician, band director, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the West Texas Permian Basin. Currently, Ms. Gragg is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician, Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet for the University of Texas Permian Basin, and maintains a private clarinet studio while performing as Bass Clarinetist for the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale. She is also frequently seen within the Midland community, as a woodwind specialist, performing in local stage productions, church orchestras, and educational concerts.
As a private instructor, Mrs. Gragg has mentored students whose musical accomplishments include placement within All-City, All-Region, Area, and All-State bands in both the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) organizations. Numerous students and ensembles from the Gragg Clarinet Studio have earned Superior ratings at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Competition, two of which achieved the profound honor of being named Outstanding Soloist. Studio alumni can be found pursuing Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance as well as pursuing careers in Nursing, Engineering, Real Estate, and Medical School.
Ms. Gragg is a strong advocate for music education in schools, especially in rural, small-town school districts. As a fifth-generation Texan raised in a small farming and ranching community, Mande believes that music has something to offer to everyone, no matter the background, income, or zip code. She continues to live by her roots, on a ranch, with her husband, Dustin, boys Wesley and Garrett, and dogs Henry and Hazel near Midland, Tx.