Dance Clarinets, Greenwich House Music School’s (GHMS) adult ensemble, is led by faculty member JD Parran. Mr. Parran is also an adjunct music professor at BMCC and Brooklyn College Music Conservatory, and is guest faculty at IN Performance Music Workshop in Marine Park, Brooklyn. He is best known as a clarinet soloist and has performed and recorded with artists including Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Stevie Wonder and many others. The Ensemble consists of a variety of instruments of the clarinet family pitched from high to extremely low range: Bb, Eb, alto, Bb bass, Eb contrabass and Bb contrabass.
The ensemble meets weekly throughout the year to study and rehearse. GHMS invites visiting artists to collaborate and commission new works written expressly for a clarinet ensemble. Dance Clarinets performs a wide variety of public concerts for the community at Greenwich House, senior centers and other public events.