U of M School of Music alumnus Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education) won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "How About You" from "Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans" (ArtistShare). His record was nominated in three categories. Read about the Gil Evans Project and why Truesdell can be called the Indiana Jones of jazz in The Washington Post.
Truesdell reflects on his time at the School of Music and shares, "I credit my experiences at the School of Music with my fearless approach to new things. Professor Dean Sorenson encouraged me to pursue my interest in jazz...".
He also recalls, "At the School of Music there was support and nurturing for what I wanted to do and there was a real life aspect to it. You have to have real life experiences away from a practice room to really grow as a writer. The School of Music offered me this nurturing in my music as well as life in a big city."