Dr. Gary Bird is a retired Professor of Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1968, his Masters of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas in 1971, and his Doctor of Music from Indiana University where he studied with the legendary Harvey Phillips.
Dr. Bird has been principal tubist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the North Texas State University Graduate Wind Ensemble, the Indiana University (Bloomington) Festival Orchestra, and most recently the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Harvey Phillips at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Dr. Bird is a founding member of the Colonial Tuba Quartet, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for tuba/euphonium quartet. He has recorded a CD Brass Fac's, with the HoodleBug Brass and 17 CDs as the principal tubist of the Keystone Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Bird's duties at IUP included teaching tuba and euphonium, Brass Ensemble, Introduction to Music, performing with the faculty brass quintet (the HoodleBug Brass), and directing Broadway musicals. He recently moved to Spring Valley, Wisconsin and is currently on the faculty of St. Cloud State University. He performs with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, the Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra. He also conducts musicals at the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Gary's chair is sponsored by the Larson and Bird families.
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