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Melonie Grinnell, Director of Piano Studies
Melonie Grinnell

Melonie Grinnell is a San Diego based jazz pianist. Active as an educator and performer, she began studying piano at the age of four and  has since been recognized not only for her skills as a pianist, but also for her abilities as a vocalist, music educator, and musical director. Melonie received her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education with a jazz emphasis from the University of Miami and a Masters of Music performance degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

Melonie has an extensive list of musical performance experiences in jazz, classical and musical theater. She has performed in well-known San Diego jazz venues including Dizzy’s, Croce’s Jazz Bar, 98 Bottles and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.  Melonie has also worked as a musical director and pit keyboardist for Starlight Civic Theater, the San Diego Repertory Theater, and the Lawrence Welk Theater. Additionally, she has been employed by Royal Caribbean International Cruises, both as a pianist and musical director for shows featuring major headliner acts.

Melonie has been a music educator at the college level for 15 years and is proud to be part of the prestigious music faculty here at Grossmont College.  Her teaching experience extends to Miracosta and Southwestern Colleges.  Classes include Music Theory I, Class Piano, Music History, Jazz Piano, Musicianship for General Ed. Elementary and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  She teaches traditional face-to-face classes as well as online classes.


Bryan Verhoye
Bryan Verhoye
Bryan Verhoye enjoyed a very active and varied musical summer.  In June he was musical director and pianist for the Bodhi Tree Concerts performance (with singers) of music by Jacques Brel.    He accompanied 4 violinists at the Civic Youth Orchestra's 60th anniversary program, which honored conductor Daniel Lewis.  In July he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4 with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grossmont's own Alyze Dreiling.  He also performed solo Rachmaninoff works in a benefit concert which featured some of San Diego's finest pianists to raise funds for piano technician Bud Fisher.  In July and August he played piano and celesta and synthesizer for numerous San Diego Symphony Bayside Summer Nights concerts, featuring programs such as the music of John Williams, movie music of Hollywood, screening of the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Boz Scaggs, Sergio Mendes, Tribute to Bock/Harnick, Music of South America, and the featured piano part for the showing of the film "La La Land."  He also performed his 25th annual outdoor pop/jazz concert, which this year once again featured Grossmont's own Fred Benedetti.

Danny Green
Danny GreenA rising force on the jazz scene and an award-winning Origin Records recording artist, pianist and composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. His Original compositions – a vivid blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian elements – delights critics and audiences across the country and around the world. Green’s stellar trio, which includes bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, performs Green’s original compositions, jazz standards, and Brazilian classics. Green’s group has twice received Best Jazz Album at the San Diego Music Awards and nominated Album of the Year. Their latest album, Altered Narratives, remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart for 15 weeks and was selected as one of the “Top 30 New Releases” by Public Radio International’s “Jazz After Hours” program.



Ken Ard
Ken Ard
Ken Ard is a New Orleans native, a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Southern Mississippi University. Ard has been teaching at Grossmont College since 1988. He has been playing keyboard and singing in and about San Diego since his arrival in 1987. “Wow I Have Ten Fingers” is the piano text authored by Ken Ard which is currently being used in all of the Grossmont Piano classes.



Last Updated: 12/14/2017
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