Dr. Greg Gruner
Professor Emeritus of Music
Trombone, Instrumental Conducting
Dr. Greg Gruner, former Professor of Music and Chair of the USA Department of Music, received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from New Mexico State University. He was awarded a Master of Music Education degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and a Doctor of Arts in Music degree from the Ball State University School of Music.
From 1993 until 2014, Dr. Gruner served the USA Department of Music as the Director of Bands and in 2003, after a brief time as the Interim Chair, he was appointed Chair of the department on a full-time basis until his retirement in 2018. Prior to his appointment at USA, Dr. Gruner taught in the public schools of Missouri and Kentucky for nine years and was also the Assistant Director of Bands at Ball State University for three years where he taught instrumental conducting, and conducted the Ball State Symphony Band and the 360 member Pride of Mid-America Marching Band. His junior high, high school, and collegiate ensembles have been recognized consistently for their excellence in performance at the regional and national levels. Currently, Dr. Gruner teaches instrumental conducting, applied trombone, music business, and graduate courses in music education and conducting.
Dr. Gruner is active in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu National Bandmaster Fraternity, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He is a Past-President of the Mobile Jazz Festival and was the Conductor of the Mobile Pops from 2000-2012.
Dr. Gruner remains a popular guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, consultant, and composer/arranger for concert, marching, and jazz bands throughout the United States.