Clarinetist; Performer and Music Educator
"I can't say enough about the reeds. I have been playing Légère reeds, exclusively now, for over 15 years and I would not be able to work as much as I do, and keep up with my playing load if I used any other product. The advantage of rarely having to work on reeds, and the ability to just sit down and play, cannot be overstated. When I was in the Army on concert tour, I no longer had the stress when travelling into the mountains, desert or whatever; I always had something to play.
On several occasions I attempted to see if people could tell the difference between Légère and cane (if they couldn't see). When I recorded back to back pieces on minidisc, in all cases people chose Légère as the better sound. These are the best reeds in the world and as far as teaching goes, my students are able to excel since they rarely have reed problems. They have never really been exposed to a world of constant reed problems.” - Cathy
Cathy A. Ogram was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, a graduate of Youngstown State University's prestigious Dana School of Music.
Cathy was a career clarinetist with the U.S. Army Field Band, in Washington, the nation's premiere touring concert band. During her time with the Army Field Band, she was a Soloist on several occasions, Training NCO, Clinician, member of the Woodwind Quintet, frequent performer on the chamber music series, founder and NCOIC of the Educational Outreach Ensemble "The Woodwind Ambassadors."
From 1998- 2002 Cathy participated in the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Competition as a 4-time semi-finalist, and 2nd place winner, in her spare time.
After leaving the military, Ms. Ogram became the Music Director for Hargrave Military Academy, as well as Principal Clarinetist with the Danville Symphony where she was a featured soloist with the orchestra on several occasions.
During the summers of 2007-2009, Ms. Ogram served as a Clarinet Instructor for Army School of Music, located at the Joint Expeditionary Force Base, Ft. Story, VA.
In 2009, Ms. Ogram moved to Norfolk to get her Masters Degree from Old Dominion University, graduating summa cum laude. While at ODU, she became the Clarinet Instructor and Chamber Music Coach for the Governor School for the Arts, giving her the opportunity to work with some of the most talented students in the area.
Ms. Ogram is also the Clarinet + Sax Instructor for Music + Arts in Virginia Beach, as well as the Band Director for Greenbrier Christian Academy.
Ms. Ogram performs with the Tidewater Winds, the Virginia Wind Symphony, The Virginia Opera, Omega Studio's Washington Winds and SoundSurge Recording Studio. In addition to this, Cathy also serves as the Virginia State Chair for the International Clarinet Association.
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