George Grove was born on October 9, 1947 in Hickory, North Carolina. The mountains of North Carolina boasted a regional music that was both exhilarating and honest, and it was a stimulating region in which to be raised. Many of the songs in those mountains have remained unchanged since they were brought over from the Scottish Highlands, and many of the instruments played were made by the players themselves – too poor to purchase a guitar, fiddle or banjo.
The 1950s was a peaceful decade where a young person could devote himself, if desired, to learning music without worrying about world politics and dangers. Such was how George Grove lived, growing up learning how to play each instrument he chose, with its place in music and its place in his life, from Chopin to Earl Scruggs.
In 1969, Mr. Grove graduated from Wake Forest University with an undergraduate degree in applied music, emphasizing piano and trumpet. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the US Army. An injury prevented him from serving in Vietnam, so he finished out his military service playing the trumpet and piano in the Army Band.
After the military, Grove continued performing and taught music to private clients, winding up in Nashville. Performing at Opryland USA allowed him access to the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry where he made many contacts and friendships, and learned valuable music lessons. After spending a few years in Nashville, he answered a call to audition for The Kingston Trio, and the rest is history. He has remained with the Trio since October, 1976.
Throughout the 1980s and early 90s, Grove lived in Atlanta and Southern California. In 1996, he moved to Las Vegas to share his life with his wife Cindy. With his wife’s encouragement, Grove went back to school at UNLV, and earned his Masters of Music degree in jazz composition in December, 2001. “With the knowledge gained from wonderful UNLV teachers, I have written musical and entertaining orchestral scores for Pops concerts for artists such as The Kingston Trio and The Association.”
George Grove spent his career on the road because of his love of performance and his respect for American folk music. On a personal level, The Kingston Trio provided stability throughout an enormous period of growth. Professionally, the group allowed him to become and stay involved with music and musicians of considerable abilities.