Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Laura D. Grantier,
Senior Chief Musician Laura Grantier, from Natchez, Miss., and Denham Springs, La., joined the Navy Band in 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama in 1993 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America in December 2012. She was appointed assistant principal clarinet in 2001. Prior to her appointment with the Navy Band she was pursuing a Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music.
As an undergraduate, Grantier won the University Concerto Competition and traveled to Guatemala and Costa Rica to perform recitals and teach masterclasses. She has performed at the Morges Music Festival in Morges, Switzerland, and with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis, Arlington, McLean, New World, Tuscaloosa Symphonies, and the National Symphony Orchestra. She was principal clarinet of the American-Russian Youth Orchestra in 1995 and was a semi-finalist in the 1992 Ciudad de Dos Hermanas competition in Seville, Spain and the 1996 International Clarinet Association Young Artists Competition in Paris, France. She has appeared as a soloist with the Navy Band, Alabama Symphony, Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble, UA Wind Ensemble and was also a featured soloist at the 2013 CMEA conference, the 2012 and 2014 International Clarinet Association Conference, the 2009 GMEA conference, and the 23rd annual Alabama Honor Band Festival (2007) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Grantier is the Chief-In-Charge of the Harbor Winds clarinet quartet and is the founder of Navy Band Clarinet Day, a local clarinet symposium. Her teachers include Eugene Mondie, Kenneth Grant, and Scott Bridges.
In addition to her music degrees, Grantier also holds an Master of Business Administration from Averett University. She serves as the concert band clarinet section leader, command medical liaison, and assistant command fitness leader. In her free time, she is a freelance makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, a certified spinning instructor, and enjoys spending time with family and mountain biking in Colorado and Utah.