Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mollee Craven

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The next time you are considering music of a tropical nature---- Check this out!!

Mollee Craven is a lifelong performer, taking classical piano lessons at four, competing at six and taking up the trombone at age eleven. 
During concert and jazz study at Hemet High, (Hemet, California) she was featured on two recordings and also traveled to Switzerland to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival!  She started performing in the steel drum orchestra at Fullerton College, California in 1997, on the guitar pan while concurrently studying jazz trombone and concert euphonium. (A euphonium is similar to a baritone horn but slightly larger and has a richer tone.) 
While at Fullerton, she arranged for the steelband, studied all of the instrumentation and performed on a recording on the guitar pan and the double seconds with Big Bamboo Steel Band, which featured Trinidad pan legend Boogsie Sharpe. 
Since 2005, she has often filled in on bass pan for performances of the CalState University Long Beach Steelband.  In the last fourteen years she has toured thirty six US states with Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads, and plays with her steel drum mentor and friend, Ray McNamara, in Big Bamboo Steel Band and as a soloist at private and public events in California and in the greater Chicago area. 
She currently lives in Warner Robins, Georgia with her husband, bass player and Senior Airman Sean Maurais, and performs regularly in Middle Georgia, the Carolinas and along the Florida and coastal panhandle.

Mollee is exactly the kind of talent we need here in Middle Georgia. Her level of professionalism puts a lot of us to shame, and her dedication to the craft could certainly be an inspiration to all of us. The instruments she plays are generally considered by people in this area as 'different' some may even say they are 'odd choices'. But, Mollee has mastered her instruments, and she found a niche she fills nicely.

Hey, Middle Ga. musicians-Take note!!! Mollee Craven. We could learn a thing or two from her!

Mollee LIVE! Performing 'Spanish Eyes'

Mollee on Facebook!