Our Conductors


Julie Gragg ~ Conductor

Julie Gragg got her musical start in the Michigan public school system early in life. Inspired by her school musical experiences and band director, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1988. Her studies continued at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago where she attained a Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental music.

The first downbeat of Julie’s teaching career occurred in 1989 at the Montessori and Kazoo Schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a part-time music teacher for pre-school to grade 8. In 1990, she moved to Kingman, Arizona taking on the position of general music teacher at Palo Christi Elementary. Since her entrance into the Kingman Unified School District #20, Julie has taught band, choir and general music at the elementary and junior high levels at several Kingman public schools. Julie currently serves as the district’s Music Coordinator and teaches band at Kingman Middle and Cerbat Elementary Schools. Her middle school band program routinely receives ratings of Superior and Excellent at Arizona Music Educators Association’s large group and small ensemble festival competitions. Julie has also taught music classes at Mohave Community College.

Striving for excellence within her profession, Julie has received various teaching accolades and served on many regional & state music committees. She is the 2005 recipient of the Kingman Middle School Teacher of the Year and awarded Outstanding Community Educator in 2009 by the Kingman Rotary. Julie was a contributing member of the 2006 Arizona Department of Education’s Revision Committee for the state’s music standards. From 2007 to 2011, Julie fulfilled the role of Member-at-Large on the Arizona Music Educator Association’s Board of Directors where she was a driving force in the state’s movement to advocate for sustaining music programs in Arizona schools despite difficult financial times, and has served the state organization as Regional Governor and NABCOF Band Chair over the years. She also organizes and adjudicates local & regional music festivals for Arizona school musicians.

Shannon Bascombe

Shannon Bascombe ~ Associate Conductor

A product of the Pennsylvania Public Education System, Shannon attended school in the Canon-McMillan School District and made music a part of her life in elementary school. While in school, she played with the MUJ Ensemble, the Washington Symphony Orchestra, and played with The Jaggerz. Her senior year, she was a recipient of the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence for working towards keeping the Arts in schools.
  Her musical pursuits spurred her toward Columbus, Ohio, where she attended Capital University's Conservatory of Music. There, she studied trumpet under Dr. Scott Belck (CCM) and Rob Parton (Capital) while pursuing her degree in Music Education.
Shannon studied conducting under Dr. Jeff Keller, Jeff Shellhammer, and Bill Boggs.
  While at school, she played with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, C.U.Rock Ensemble, Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and subbed for the university's  jazz ensembles.  In addition to playing with various groups around town, Shannon would also trek home and play with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic.  When Shannon wasn't at school, she was often providing free trumpet lessons to students of the Columbus Public Schools.
She graduated from Capital University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Education.
  Shannon moved back to the Pittsburgh area where she reopened her trumpet studio and started accepting new students on all brass instruments.
  In 2016, she moved from Pittsburgh to Kingman, Arizona to teach within the Kingman Unified School District, instructing in band, choir, and general music. Currently, Shannon is the Director of Bands at Lee Williams High School.