A proud former member of the Butler University Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band, Gayle has a degree in pharmacy from Butler University and is a pharmacist at Farragut Pharmacy. Her musical education began in the fine band program in Texas City, Texas, and she was a member of the Texas All-State Band. In addition to playing for Concord United Methodist Church, Gayle has played in local musical pit orchestras and a brass band for the Knoxville Opera Company.
David Royse is Coordinator and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A native of Columbia, Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Austin Peay State University, and his doctoral degree in music education from Kent State University. He was a high school band director in Kentucky for five years, and taught at Kansas State University from 1990-2000. He has been at UT-Knoxville since August 2000.
Allen Seagraves is an original member of the Concord Brass.
She is a member of the Concord United Methodist Church Orchestra and another local brass quintet. She participates in the annual TUBACHRISTMAS local concerts. She has also played with the Oak Ridge Community Band. Susan holds a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University where she was a member of the TTU Marching Band and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. She is a retired Safety Specialist from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Steve has played the tuba for 33 years in a variety of ensembles. A native of Bethany, OK, Steve graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a theater degree, since musicians aren't poor enough. He has been a tuba player with the Tennessee Wind Symphony for 16 years.
Paul Garrison has had quite the musical history, starting out in the Auburn University Marching band. While there, Paul joined in a band called The Webs, where they recorded a hit called "Lost." The Webs were invited to appear on the Big BAM Radio Rock Show in Montgomery, Alabama, where Roy Orbison was headlining. Roy asked if any of them knew his stuff, and the answer was "oh, you mean this? . . .dum, dum, dum, dum-de- doo-wah . . .” After they played their own hit "Lost" on stage, they played as Roy's back-up. Roy got three standing ovations and encores that night, so he asked The Webs to be his Candymen. Paul went to England with Roy three different times where he played the BBC, Top of the Pops, and London Palladium. With Roy, he also toured with the Beatles, Freddie & the Dreams, Brian & the Tremelos, and Searchers. Paul traveled with Roy to Australia and New Zealand on the "Surfing USA" tour with Paul & Paula, Beach Boys, Safaris, Joy Boys (an Aussi group) and many more. An interesting thing that drummers do, if they like each other's style, is exchange drumsticks. Ringo exchanged drumsticks with Paul, because he liked the "Pretty Woman" beat. Concord Brass is proud to have Paul Garrison as their drummer.
Larry Danner was the Farragut Middle School band director for 40 years. He was a member of the Concord Brass for 15 years.