Michele Kahne is very excited to be a part of the Granbury Pirate band program as director of bands at Granbury Middle School. Ms. Kahne is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education. While at IWU, Ms. Kahne studied conducting under Steven Eggleston and studied clarinet with Roger Garrett. She also was a member of a variety of musical ensembles on campus including the Titan Pep Band (musician and conductor), the IWU Symphonic Band, the IWU Wind Ensemble, the IWU Civic Orchestra, and many chamber ensembles (on various instruments). Ms. Kahne’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota - Professional Music Fraternity.
Ms. Kahne serves as the director of Honors Band, Assistant to Symphonic Band, Co-director of Concert band, and instructor of all beginning band woodwind classes. This is her twelfth year as a music educator in Texas. She continues to push the GMS bands to reach the highest level all while having fun!
Ms. Kahne is originally from Chicago, IL but now enjoys living in Fort Worth. In her free time she plays guitar, rides her mountain bike, goes hiking, and drinks lots of coffee!
Ben Holmes is thrilled to be joining the Granbury Pirate band program as assistant band director at Granbury Middle School. Mr. Holmes served as the Band Director at Glen Rose JH for the past 5 years. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education. Mr. Holmes was a member of the Baylor Symphonic Band, Campus Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Marching Band, Chamber Program, and the Courtside Players. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Music Fraternity.
Mr. Holmes serves as the director of Symphonic Band, Assistant to Honors Band, Co-director of Concert band, and instructor of all beginning band brass classes. This is his sixth year as a music educator in Texas.
Mr. Holmes lives in Granbury with his wife Hannah and Great Dane Fletcher. He enjoys playing with the Langdon Center Big Band in his free time.