Renowned Music Conductor And Lieutenant Colonel to Conduct Concert Band
(September 11, 2018) On October 8, John Clanton will visit North Greenville University to share his skills as a renowned conductor, music director, and pianist. He will visit students in the Cline School of Music and direct the concert band.
Clanton’s professional music career began nearby at Furman University where he earned a B.A. in music. He later earned an M.A. in conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
In high school, Clanton was taught by NGU’s Dean of the Graduate School of Education Dr. Marianne Holland. Holland recognized Clanton’s talent as a student at Spring Valley High School in Richland County.
“[Clanton] was the drum major for the marching band at Spring Valley,” said Holland. “He also played the saxophone and participated in All State Chorus.”
He was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army where he served for nearly thirty years. Clanton has served as the music director for no less than five military ensembles, including the Armed Forces Chorus, U.S. Army Chorus, U.S. Army Orchestra, “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band, and Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band.
While on campus, Clanton will be working with students in Dr. Darian Washington’s concert band.
“This will be a great opportunity for students to meet someone Carolina born-and-raised who rose to the top of the music field,” said Washington. “His resume speaks for itself.”
During his extensive tenure in the military, Clanton was the music director for several high-profile state events. He conducted the Armed Forces Chorus and Marine Orchestra at the funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Most notably, Clanton was the music director for Queen Elizabeth II’s 2007 visit to the White House.
Renowned for his versatility, Clanton has directed many independent ensembles, such as the London Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra Pops, San Francisco Symphony Pops, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He is currently a freelance musician who has offered master classes at several universities including Shenandoah Conservatory.
Clanton will be conducting the Concert Band on October 8 at 7 p.m. in Turner Chapel at NGU’s Tigerville campus. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.
Alumni Film Crew Captures Spirit of NGU
Let People See. For Chris Brank ('09), it's more than just a name for his Greenville-based film company. It's also a mission statement.
NGU in Top 5 Best Value Christian Colleges & Universities
NGU ranks fifth in Christian Universities Online (CUO) ranking based on net price and return on investment.
Scott Named to Leadership Greer Class 38
Program strives to enrich the lives of participants and cultivate future leaders for the community.
Ralph Hendricks, North Greenville Donor and Friend, Dies at Age 101
"Dr. Hendricks loved students and loved providing them opportunities for the future,” said President Fant.
NGU Leaders Among Notable Scholars Contributed To New Bible Edition
Bible is a resource to help defend and share the compatibility of Christianity in everyday life.
NGU Introduces New Campus Enhancements, Degree Programs for 2016-17 Academic Year
Board Leadership Members Recognized for Service
Five members of the NGU Board of Trustees were recognized for their term of service to the university.
NGU Named to 'Best 4-Year Colleges in SC' List
Schools.com used a methodology that looked at factors such as cost, program availability, and graduation rates.