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Men To Watch: John Gray Jr, 34

Men To Watch: John Gray Jr, 34

Musician with Continuum Music Educator at The Dunham School

Location: Baton Rouge

Moves made in 2014: Baton Rouge Symphony’s Teacher of the Year; The Links Role Model of the Year; Selected to the 2015 class of the BR Chamber Leadership program; and Louisiana Magazine’s Louisianan of the Year.

What to expect in 2015: Looking forward to another great festival season with my students. Spring semester is what I like to call our football season for the various bands that I direct at the Dunham School; Also looking forward to recording a new album with The Michael Foster Project.

Personal Resolution for 2015: Find more balance in my personal and professional lives….connect with family and friends more….invest more in the culture of Baton Rouge and South Louisiana.

Business/Company Resolution for 2015: Develop a tighter advertising marketing game plan for reoccurring projects and raise the level of professionalism in every aspect of our business dealings.

Life/business motto: If my life was a book or a movie, I’d like for it to be interesting and inspiring enough for people to read or watch it! So everyday, I’ve got to work, play, and love with passion and discipline!

Role Models: Alvin Batiste, my parents, and too many more to mention What music are you dancing to? AS OF NOW, I’m jammin to D’Angelo’s new album “Black Messiah”

What are you reading?
“FREAKONOMICS: The Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven Levitt and Steven Dubner

Online: www.jgrayjazz.com

 

Louisiana is home for many talented, intellectual, cultured, and politically savvy people. THE DRUM staff and editors have identifi ed the people to watch in 2015 from Ponchatoula and Hammond to Baton Rouge and Lafayette. We introduce them to you here and encourage you to follow these leaders. Read about them all at MEN TO WATCH 2015.

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