My grandpa, Glenn K Harriman, was my first music teacher. It is hard to put into words what a musical giant he was, so here is the bio from his induction to the "Columbus Musicians Hall of Fame" where he was in the inaugural class: "Harriman taught privately for 60 years and served the Columbus Public Schools for 32 years, directing bands at South High and Franklin, Starling, and Johnson Park Junior High Schools. He has also served as the head of the brass department at Capital and Denison Universities and professor of trombone Otterbein and Wooster Colleges. For 20 years, Harriman was principal trombonist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has played with the Fort Riley U.S. Military and 52nd Ordinance Group Bands, as well as the Toronto Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Delta Rhythm Kings, Muscat Ramblers, Woody Herman, Vaud-Villities Orchestra, Cyndi Black Big Band, Elson LeFevre Band, among many others. He founded and directed the ensemble Trombones Please, has arranged for bands and harp ensembles, and recorded with Dixieland combos. In 1979-80, his family was chosen the Ohio Musical Family of the Year"
Here is a recording him playing "Fantasia di Concerto" on euphonium with the Columbus Concert Band
Grandma was a charter member and principal harp for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra while also serving as the Harp Profoessor at The Ohio State University. An avid freelancer, she was the first call harpist in town, recording numerous ads and jingles for TV and radio. As she passed away when I was very young, I do not have many memories of her myself. I was shown this impromptu, living room recording of her and my grandpa playing their arraignment of "Misty" only very recently. I am so glad to finally hear her "voice" again.
Dad was my High School Band director, serving as the director of Instrumental Music at Whitehall-Yearling High School for 30 years. In 2009 he was named "High School Educator of the Year" by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The popular James Swearingen band piece "Whither must I wander" is commisioned in his name. Also a top flight bagpiper, he along with his brother Bill Harriman were invited to perform and record "Amazing Grace" with The Ohio State University Marching Band, where they also performed at the 2003 OSU/Michigan Game and the 2004 Fiesta Bowl Halftime Show.
My Aunt Janet began her harp studies with my grandma Jean. She continued her harp studies with Alice Chalifoux while she attended the College of Wooster, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Salzedo harp Colony. Janet is currently the Professor of Harp at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, she is also currently principal harpist with the Central City Opera Festival, a position she has held since 1993, and performs regularly with Opera Colorado. Janet is an alumnus of the New World Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. She received the New World Symphony’s Community Board Award which recognizes “leadership and fellowship with a commitment to continuing Artistic development.” She also has acted as editor with Bartok Publications and is the Co-founding Director of Scale the Summit, a summer music camp that offers educational opportunities for the kids of Summit County.
Here a video of her performing "Thais" at the Summit Music and Arts
A professional musician since she was 13, my cousin is a very talented singer/songwriter in Los Angeles, CA who has released multiple albums under her name and has sang for "High School Musical" "Malcolm in the Middle" and was featured on NBC's "The Voice." She is currently starring as "Eliza Hamilton" in the smash broadway hit, "Hamilton."
Uncle Tom is an Emmy-Award winning composer, songwriter, and producer who lives in Los Angeles, CA. He has written music for The Sopranos, Baywatch, Baywatch Nights, Bratz, Days of Our Lives, The West Wing, All About the Benjamins, while also working with such artists as Phil Collins, Natalie Cole, Phil Carpenter, David Lee Roth, and wrote the music for "Soldier of Orange," the most successful musical in Dutch History, Here is a short clip of his music from the musical.
My cousin Jordan has quickly established himself in Hollywood as a top photographer and cinematographer, serving as the Digital Imaging Technician on numerous major motion pictures. If you've seen the movies pictured below, you've seen his work!
My Sister-in-Law! Taken from www.OliviaYokers.com: Praised for singing with “gorgeous vulnerability” (The Richmond Times). Olivia Yokers is well regarded for her thrilling voice and versatility onstage. Ms. Yokers has performed pieces spanning from Mozart to Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as Philip Glass. She was most recently seen performing Cinderella in Into the Woods with The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. During the previous summer, Ms. Yokers sang Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Utah Festival Opera. In 2016, Ms. Yokers made “the most of Berta” (Washington Post) in her Virginia Opera debut in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Yokers is a graduate of Indiana University. There she performed as Laurey in Oklahoma, Sardula in The Last Savage, and Josephine in HMS Pinafore. Outside of Indiana University, Ms. Yokers has performed Cecilia in Iolanthe with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Lily in The Secret Garden with The Fitton Playhouse, and Daughter in Ahknaten with the Indianapolis Opera. This past year Ms. Yokers was a Young Artist with Dayton Opera and the year before was honored to be a Herndon Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera. Ms. Yokers rewards include, the title of Cincinnati Opera Idol, first prize in both the Dayton Opera Guild Competition and Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Colligate Competition, and first place at the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Guild Voice Competition.
Enjoy her highlight reel!
Last but not least, my talented wife Rachael has quickly established herself in the DMV area as a top call flutist and as an innovative and dedicated educator. Currently Rachael is a Charter Member of the Maryland Winds, a brand new concert band full of current and former premier military band musicians, and is Principal Flute of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with The Apollo Orchestra. Rachael was the only female member in the orchestra for Olney Theater's World Premier production of Aturo O'farrell's Afro-Cuban rendition of "Carmen." Despite a busy freelance schedule, Rachael is a beloved teacher at Heather Hills Elementary School, a gifted and talented magnet, where she serves as the director of general and vocal music. Rachael has two bachelors degrees in music from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Music in flute performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Hollywood Film legend Jim Walker.
Here is a video of the Flute guitar duo "Aerocorda" a chamber group which she co-founded while living in in Los Angeles.