Born in central Virginia, Marcus S. Grant is the Trumpet and Horn Professor at Longwood University and has been involved in the performing arts for his entire life. He began playing the trumpet at age 11 and won his first award as a composer at age 13. In college, Marcus performed at various venues and conferences such as the American Bandmasters Association, Carnegie Hall, the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Championship. His music has been performed by such artists as Rex Richardson, SSgt Kevin Gebo, SSgt Kevin Maloney, Buddy Deshler, and John Maurer, as well as with ensembles such as the United States Army Band Trumpet Ensemble, Concentus Trumpet Ensemble, and The Brass Roots. Mr. Grant received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 - where he studied with Rex Richardson - and graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2016 with a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance - where he studied with Joey Tartell.
Marcus believes passionately in the promotion and enrichment of quality music education for young people, holding the philosophy that everyone deserves the best experiences in education, and that music is an essential element of those experiences. His professional affiliations have included the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), National Band Association (NBA), Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), International Thespian Society (ITS), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Service Fraternity.