Garrett McQueen

Guest Musician, Fanfare Host

A proud native of Memphis, TN currently living in Knoxville, Garrett McQueen has performed in venues across the country, including Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Detroit's Max M. Fischer Music Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall. As well as performing as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with groups including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony (Los Angeles), the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Garrett considers himself a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of black musicians in the field. He's spoken on panels presented by the Sphinx Organization, and continues in this work both in and outside of the concert hall with organizations across the country. In an article produced by Current, McQueen was hailed as "a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should", and has been noted as one of America’s “most interesting classical musicians” by conductor and author of “The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro”, Cesare Civetta. Garrett has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. In addition to serving as Second Bassoonist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Garrett continues to perform with groups across the nation, and hosts the "Afternoon Concert" on 91.9 FM WUOT Knoxville.