Bruce Graybill

Recommended Listening:
The Bell Effect (with Ray Bell and James Albright) Buy
Mandocranium (20th anniversary reissue) Buy
Sample Track:  Autumn Leaves
(from "The Bell Effect")

Singer-Songwriter, Composer, and award winning Mandolinist and Guitarist Bruce Graybill, is based in the Kansas City area. He is an endorsing artist for Weber fine acoustic Instruments made by Sound to Earth Ltd., and a Two Time 1st Place winner of the prestigious "Walnut Valley Mandolin Championship" at The National Flatpicking Championships. He was voted one of two 'Private Mandolin Instructors of the Year' in America in 2003 by the Internet Mandolin discussion list 'Comando', and is a BMI Publisher and Writer member. Notable performances include The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN., The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C. and Classical Mandolin Society of America conventions all across North America.

Bruce recently released 'The Bell Effect', a Mandolin centered CD honoring his concert partner and musical mentor, the late Ray Bell. The recording features his Mandolin & Bass arrangements of Jazz standards, pop tunes, an original tune, and three tracks of Mandolin & Guitar duets with Ray Bell. Bruce also released a 20th anniversary reissue of his first solo recording 'Mandocranium, an acoustic stringed Fantasy', recorded in 1992.

In February 1999 he performed his original composition 'The Walnut Valley Suite' with The Providence Mandolin Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The Suite has become a popular performance piece in mandolin orchestras across the United States, and has also been performed in Austria, Bolivia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and extensively in Japan.

Bruce served two terms as President of the Classical Mandolin Society of America Inc., reorganizing the not-for-profit 501(C)(3) corporation to provide a solid structural and financial base for it's continuing work promoting the Mandolin. He actively represented the organization both nationally and internationally for five years. After leaving CMSA, he has continued composing, teaching, conducting Mandolin workshops, and performing. He is currently preparing a Mandolin instruction book/DVD project entitled "Seventy-Seven Head Bangin' Hot Licks for the Procrastinating Mandolinist".