Acclaimed band director will conduct for Mountain Area band concert

-- SubmittedMarch 14, 2013 

World renowned composer-conductor, Dr. Gary Gilroy, professor of music and director of bands at Fresno state, will serve as guest conductor for the Yosemite High School Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 26, at Mountain Christian Center on Highway 49.

More than 135 high school and elementary school students will perform in the concert.

Gilroy served as the arranger/composer for the 2008 Olympic Orchestra in Beijing, China. He has been an ASCAP Composers Award recipient every year since 2001.

Along with the Badger Band, the YHS Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will be featured during the concert. Admission is $4.

Gilroy, who is in demand as a guest conductor of many honor bands throughout the United States, will conduct the Middle School Honor Band made up of students from Oak Creek Intermediate School and Wasuma, Coarsegold and Rivergold elementary schools.

Gilroy has served as a guest conductor in 40 states, Canada, China and England. He has been the conductor for 'all state' groups in Colorado, Iowa and Oregon as well as the California Band Directors Association All-State Junior High School Symphonic Band and the All-State High School Symphonic Band.

In 1993 he was appointed Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Bulldog Marching Band. After 13 years in this position and building one of the finest collegiate marching bands on the west coast, Gilroy became director of bands in 2006.

Prior to this appointment he served for a decade as director of bands at Beyer High School in Modesto, where his band was awarded several national honors as well as the International Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Gilroy also served as faculty at CSU, Stanislaus and graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon where he completed his doctorate in 1995.

Gilroy has served on the board of California Band Directors Association for 14 years and he is a past president of that organization. From 1999 to 2006 he served on the board of the National Band Association as a member at large and the Western Division chairman.

An award-winning composer, Gilroy's music has been published for concert and marching band through the Arrangers Publishing Company, BRS Music, Inc., C. Alan Publications, Daehn Publications, Kagarice Brass Editions, Matrix Publications, TRN Publications, Warner Brothers, Wingert-Jones, Inc., and CPP/Belwin Mills.

His compositions have been featured at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, the International Trombone Festival in New Orleans, and on many occasions at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Randy Hyatt, YHS music director, said Gilroy has selected contrasting styles of music each group will perform a melodic selection utilizing countless percussion instruments.

"I have been working for over a year to have Dr. Gilroy as our guest conductor," Hyatt said. "Out bands have been working hard on his music and the big day is drawing near."

"This is a very big honor for our students," Hyatt said.

Details: (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.

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