Derek Granger

The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to welcome back saxophonist Derek Granger, who will appear in concert along with pianist Russell Ronnebaum on Tuesday (Aug. 7) at 11:30 a.m.

Their program will feature pieces written specifically for saxophone by several 20th century French composers along with a tango by Astor Piazzolla. Ronnebaum will also play two solo piano pieces of his own composition, and the program will close with an exciting tour de force by François Borne, the Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

Granger served as director of choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson following his graduation from the University of Arizona in 2011. During his tenure as a music educator, he was also an active performer with the Presidio Saxophone Quartet, Artifact Dance Project, The Rogue Theatre, and Arizona Repertory Theatre, among others.

His solo debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra led to awards in solo and chamber music competitions. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in saxophone performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is delighted that a performance at the ASA is providing him an opportunity to spend part of his summer break back in Tucson.

Pianist and composer Ronnebaum frequently performs with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Masterworks Chorale. He is also assistant director of music at St. Mark Catholic Church in Oro Valley.

Russell Ronnebaum

Ronnebaum made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 performing with American composer Dan Forrest. In 2015 he was selected to be principal keyboardist for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra’s annual summer tour. That same year saw the recording and release of his first album for piano titled “Winter Scenes.” Recent commissions and premieres include music for voice, choir, piano, and string orchestra.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Saxophonist Derek Granger Returns to ASA: August 2018
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