Liz Millender entered NTSU in the Fall of 1975. She continued as a clarinet student of Dr. Gibson throughout her college years. She enjoyed being a section leader of the Marching Band, and was honored to be a clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Robert Winslow. As a student in the then School of Music, Liz was challenged and inspired by all of her teachers as well as by all of the talented student musicians she heard practic- ing and performing as she walked through the sacred halls of the Music Building. While at NTSU, Liz and I met in the Wind Ensemble, and were married in 1978. Liz completed her bachelor’s in music (‘78) and master's in music education (‘81). Like her dad, she became a public school band director, and has taught bands in Perryton, Arlington, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Highland Village and now Azle, Texas. Several of her students have attended UNT, and many have pursued careers in music. Liz has always had great respect and appreciation for the UNT School
of Music, and is so proud to be an alumnus. As a clari- net teacher, she has often taken her most promising high school students to Denton for a special lesson with one of the college faculty. She once told her own teacher, Dr. Gibson, that he was her students’ “grandteacher."
And now there is Gina! When asked about UNT, Gina said “During my time at UNT, I have had the honor of performing with the Symphonic Band, conducted by Den- nis Fisher, and the Wind Symphony, conducted by Eugene Corporon. I was fortunate to be part of UNT’s elite clarinet studio, where I studied privately with Deb Fabian. Being surrounded by so many outstanding clarinetists gave me the opportunity to hear a multitude of great works and also inspired me to improve as a musician. I am proud to be a third generation graduate of the UNT College of Music.”
Ross Grant entered North Texas State University in 1977 as a graduate teaching fellow in trumpet. He earned his master in music education degree in ‘78 and PhD in music education in ‘89. For the past 30 years, he has been a successful public school band director at Perryton, Grand Prairie, DeSoto, and Azle, Texas. His marching bands have been UIL State nalists seven times, and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1992 and 2002.
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