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Garrett McQueen

Host, Classical 24

You first heard Garrett McQueen when he filled in as the guest host of Performance Today. Now you can hear him all the time as the overnight host/producer of Classical 24. As a professional bassoonist, most recently with Tennessee's Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Garrett brings a performer's perspective to his new assignment. He has performed with ensembles such as the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He first entered the world of public radio in 2016 on Knoxville's WUOT-FM, where he produced interviews with some of the country's leading artists and created nationally recognized features on the intersection of race and classical music. Promoting diverse artistic voices — music by women and people of color — remains a priority for him. He also is keen to share his love for concert band music, where his favorite composers include David Maslanka, Frank Tichelli and Eric Ewazen.