Byron Graves conducts the Andrews University Wind Symphony
and is responsible for teaching music education courses for the music teacher
certification program. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he held K-12
teaching positions in band, handbells, and general music at Andrews Academy,
Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake
Elementary School, and Union Springs Academy. His ensembles have traveled
extensively around the United States, and have won awards for their outstanding
performances. He has also served as a clinician and guest conductor for band
and handbell festivals around the country.
Mr. Graves obtained his masters degree in instrumental conducting from Central
Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and
music education from Andrews University. He has completed doctoral coursework
at Boston University and is currently working on his dissertation. He firmly
believes that music brings you closer to God in a way nothing else can.
In addition to music, Mr. Graves also enjoys an active lifestyle of
backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, running, and canoeing. He is
married to his beautiful wife, Jenni, and together they chase around their very
active son, Asher.