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“John Gray teaches 2014 Miss USA Contestants a thing or two about 2nd lining in South Louisiana at the Old Governors Mansion! See the complete Miss USA 2014 Pageant and lookout for John Gray & The Michael Foster Projects appearance!”

“John Gray is a professional trumpet player for the Michael Foster Project, The JGray Jazz Trio and The Soul Jukeboxx. He's also a full-time teach at The Dunham School, a newly married man, and a mighty sharp dresser. When it comes to new duds, though, he'd rather spend a pretty penny at the tailor than at the mall.”

“If former Southern University band director Dr. Isaac “Doc” Greggs ever looked at you and said, “Can play,” you knew two things. One, you were a great musician, and two, you were kind of perfect. Greggs’ 36 years (1969 – 2005) with the Southern University marching band, which was nicknamed The Human Jukebox under his leadership, influenced and enhanced the musicianship and professionalism of some of Baton Rouge’s favorite bands, leaving his legacy to be appreciated by far more than just his students. On April 28, the word spread that the longtime band director had died at age 85; Facebook profile pictures were just as quickly changed to that of Greggs, while old scrapbook photos of time spent marching in blue and gold sprinkled the popular social media network, including photos of a very young set of guys who now make up the popular area brass band The Michael Foster Project.”

“June 27 was no average Friday evening for Baton Rouge live music fans. Seeing as The Michael Foster Project (MFP) presented a show that included two other brass bands and Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians for an event aptly titled “Kick Some Brass.””

“Catch John Gray and Continuum Music live on stage at The Famous Theater, 150 Mayflower St., downtown. You can grab one of the performer's CDs, including some amazing re-releases, while you party down all night long. Are you a musician? Bring your axe, as the night will feature a jam session and feature performances from Ernest Jackson, the Soul Jukeboxx and the Michael Foster Project. This event will also serve as an afterparty to the premiere of Beasts of the Southern Wild at Perkins Rowe.”

“When local musician and teacher, John Gray got the call that he was to receive the Teacher of the Year award from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (BRSO), he said he expected to be among two other recipients – but he was the only one there that day. Each year since 2005, BRSO has given awards to outstanding teachers in band, ensemble, and an overall music teacher. BRSO Director of Education and development coordinator Jessica Ottaviano said the selection committee found Gray’s nomination form to be so outstanding, that they only saw fit to award The Dunham School teacher this year.”

“While you'll likely never see him wearing a cape or running around fighting bad guys, John Gray is as close to a real-life Superman as it gets. The Baton Rouge native musician, producer and teacher transitions almost effortlessly throughout his day and nightlife duties as if he carries a phone booth in his briefcase.”

“The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has honored John Gray as its 2014 Teacher of the Year. Gray is the band director at The Dunham School, where he teaches jazz band, concert band, pep band and praise band to students in the sixth through 12th grades. The award was announced during the symphony’s Masterworks VII concert on May 8. Gray, a graduate of Southern University, has been band director at the private school since 2006. During his tenure, Gray has doubled the size of the jazz band and led students to receive many prestigious local and national honors. He also has doubled the size of the pep band, encouraging school spirit and participation through music.”

“John Gray's "JGray Jazz Trio" on the cover of Bank Travel Magazine. Performing before a number of National Bank Travel members, John Gray performed for a full house as part of a dinner hosed by the Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

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