About Mr. Grim

Ray Onstage at Wurstfest

Ray Onstage at Wurstfest

A founding member of The TubaMeisters, Mr. Grim is also a member of the prestigious San Antonio Wind Symphony.  Other ensembles he sometimes performs with, include the University United Methodist Church(UUMC) Orchestra, UUMC Brass Ensemble, and  the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, as well as  other musical ensembles in the San Antonio area.

In additional to his busy professional performance schedule, Mr. Grim is also available as a private teacher of tuba, euphonium,  and trombone,  and as a brass clinician.


  • Diploma–Gonzales High School(Gonzales, Tx.)
  • Bachelor of Music–Texas A&M University @ Kingsville(Kingsville, Tx.)
  • Master of Music–Emporia State University(Emporia, Ks.)
  • Diploma–U.S. Armed Forces School of Music(Norfolk, Va.)

In a substitute capacity, Mr. Grim has also performed with the following ensembles:

  • San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
  • San Antonio Pops Orchestra
  • San Antonio Brass
  • Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra
  • Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Symphony of the Hills
Lower Brass SectionSan Antonio Wind Symphony

Lower Brass Section of San Antonio Wind Symphony
(w/Michael Woods and Rod Leonard)


Ray in Recital at Texas Wesleyan University

Ray at the 2011 TubaMeister Christmas

Ray at the TubaMeister Christmas



6 thoughts on “About Mr. Grim

  1. Hey pal i love seeing ya’ll on molly b’s i wonder if you know any one that would be interested in a tuba i have its a liberty conn made in kansas city erly 1900′s look every where and no one know anything about it i did find a building in kansas city mcgee st with th incignea cl at the top of the building i beleive it where it was made other than that its a pretty nice one its smaller then any ive seen my dad says e b tenor tuba and he also said it would be cool to hear some one play harmoney with a larger tuba on a polka let me know if you would be soo kind 423 775 0531 my dad love your music

    1. I’m sorry it has taken so long to respond to your post. I hadn’t checked for messages in a long time. I’d be interesting in hearing more about your tuba. I will try to contact you via email. We’re always happy to hear of people who enjoy our music.

  2. One of the nicest musicians my son has ever had as a private teacher. My son called him an “expert tuba teacher” who taught him a lot of things. He even asked if he could keep taking lessons over the summer because he wants to learn more and see him more often. Love ya Mr. Grim!

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I enjoy playing and teaching tuba, very much. Working with fine young musicians is a true pleasure!

  3. Hello, Ray… You may remember me as our paths have crossed from time to time over the years in the wonderful world of bands! After 16 years in Fredericksburg, I moved to Brenham a couple of years ago because of the illness of my wife.

    I am contacting you because I have been conducting TubaChristmas in Bryan for the past couple of years. In a recent conversation with Billy Harrell, I was informed about your website and your Christmas arrangements which are a bit easier than the ones found in the official TubaChristmas book. Inasmuch as we have players of varying abilities, these arrangements would certainly be of help to our group.

    Therefore, I am writing to ask your permission to use these arrangements in next year’s performance. Let me know if this would be possible and if there is any charge.

    Good to make contact with again you after all of these years!

    James Hejl

    1. James:

      I’m sorry for the delayed response. I confess I hadn’t checked the comments on this site, recently. You are certainly welcome to use the arrangements as you see fit. I doubt you’ll be permitted to use them if you sponsor an official TubaChristmas event. There are some significant controls they place on their official events. Thank you for asking.

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