Sax, Flutes, Vocal, Supportive Keyboard
Anthony Grant has quite the musical background. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Anthony listened to his dad sing Opera, Pop, Country, Jazz, R&B, and Gospel music, which explains why he feels “right at home” when performing for some of the same audiences today. Anthony began his musical career playing classical saxophone until landing on the front steps of Berklee College.
At Berklee, Anthony studied sax with George Garzone and Andy McGhee, and sax, flute, clarinet, and oboe with Joe Viola, who was the department chair at the time. Since leaving Berklee, Anthony has served as arranger/copyist for The Henry Jimenez Orchestra, and various other Boston area Merengue and Salsa bands. He has written jingles and theme songs for a variety of clients, including the community showcase “Visions”.
Anthony has shared the stage with Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Parliament Funkadelic crew, Tower of Power, Freddy Cole (brother of Nat Cole), Average White Band, Kool and the Gang, Danilo Perez, Walter Beasley, Branford Marsalis, and countless others. In addition to performing with First Class Band, Anthony currently runs his own recording studio and music production company “SCBT Productions”, working for several different record labels, working with up and coming artists, and continues to contribute to the national music scene. Some of the many dance moves you’ll see Anthony execute, can be traced back to his dad, who danced professionally, particularly in the Toledo Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” for almost ten years! As you may have guessed by now, the talent and energy that emanates from Anthony, has been in the making for many years!