Gary Gibson

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Artist info
Biography

Gary is a Seattle-based musician with a 40 year history in steel pan, and is an influential composer and performer of progressive music for the steel pan and steel band, blending his knowledge of classical and jazz music with his passion for traditional Caribbean rhythms and forms. He is known internationally as a clinician and concert/recording artist, and makes numerous trips each year to adjudicate at steel band festivals or be a guest concert artist with college and high school steel band groups around the country. Gibson has recorded five critically acclaimed albums of original progressive music featuring the steel pan, is the winner of two out of three categories of Trinidad’s “Symphony and Steel” composition contest, and is a national champion of Trinidad’s “Panorama National Steel Band Championship.” He is regularly commissioned to compose original works (often involving the steel pan or steel band in some way), and is the composer of the most significant work in existence for steel band and choir, “In the Shadows of the Forest,” a nine-movement, 50-minute “pan cantata” with a libretto based on the folkloric characters of Trinidad. He has received numerous commissions from symphony orchestras, including the National Sinfonia of Trinidad.

Years taught2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
DepartmentSteel Pans
SpecialtySteel Pan
Websitehttp://www.twotreesmusic.com

Teaching schedule
Intro to Pans for the Senior SetMTWTh (week 2) 3:00–4:00pmThe Music Room Downtown2017
Steel Pan Ensemble (Beginning/Advanced Beginner)MTWThF/MTWThF 4:30–5:30pmThe Music Room Downtown2017
Festival Steel Pan Ensemble (Advanced)MTWThF/MTWThF 6:00–7:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2017
Soloing and Improvisation for Steel Pan PlayersTWTh (week 1) 1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Soloing and Improvisation (by the day)1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Steel Pan for the Complete NoviceM (week 1) 3:00–4:00pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Steel Pan Ensemble (Beginning/Advanced Beginner)MTWThF/MTWThF 4:30–5:30pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Steel Pan Ensemble (Intermediate)MTWThF/MTWThF 5:15–6:15pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Festival Steel Pan Ensemble (Advanced)MTWThF/MTWThF 6:00–7:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2016
Rhythm for Steel Band MusiciansTWTh (week 2) 1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Steel Pan for the Complete Novice (section 2)M (week 2) 1:30–2:20pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Rhythm for Steel Band Musicians (by the day)1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Steel Pan Ensemble (Beginning/Advanced Beginner)MTWThF/MTWThF 4:30–5:30pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Steel Pan Ensemble (Intermediate)MTWThF/MTWThF 5:15–6:15pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Festival Steel Pan Ensemble (Advanced)MTWThF/MTWThF 6:00–7:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2015
Soloing and Improvisation for Steel Pan PlayersTWTh (week 1) 1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2014
Soloing and Improvisation (by the day)1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2014
Steel Pan Ensemble (Beginning/Advanced Beginner)MTWThF/MTWThF 4:30–5:30pmThe Music Room Downtown2014
Steel Pan Ensemble (Intermediate)MTWThF/MTWThF 5:15–6:15pmThe Music Room Downtown2014
Festival Steel Pan Ensemble (Advanced)MTWThF/MTWThF 6:00–7:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2014
The Engine Room: The Steel Band Rhythm SectionTWTh (week 1) 1:30–2:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2013
Steel Pan TechniqueWTh (week 2) 1:30–2:20pmThe Music Room Downtown2013
Steel Pan Ensemble (Beginning/Advanced Beginner)MTWThF/MTWThF 4:30–5:30pmThe Music Room Downtown2013
Steel Pan Ensemble (Intermediate)MTWThF/MTWThF 5:15–6:15pmThe Music Room Downtown2013
Festival Steel Pan Ensemble (Advanced)MTWThF/MTWThF 6:00–7:50pmThe Music Room Downtown2013

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