Gary grew up in a musical family in East Wenatchee, WA. At 8 years old, he began piano lessons that continued through his high school years where he really learned to play and appreciate various styles of music. Gary\'s music ability in piano and singing caught the attention of his high school music teachers early on. He earned a music scholarship to Wenatchee Valley College and then went to Northwest College, now called Northwest University, in Kirkland, WA. There he continued his studies in music theory, conducting, piano, and vocal performing. Since then, Gary has been actively involved with traveling choirs, vocal groups, studio recording and producing for Pacific Northwest musicians. Gary has also performed for community events in the Seattle area like Bellevue Arts Festival, Mercer Island Festival and \'The Christmas in the Northwest\' television program in 2006. Gary also acted as pianist and producer for Kevin Thornton\'s CD \'Conversion\'. Kevin is a former member of the 90\'s band Color Me Badd. Gary was also the keyboardist for Cry Holy, a Christian Arena Rock band from the Seattle area, with a sound very reminiscent of popular bands like Journey and Survivor. When MP3.COM was the most popular music website on the internet, Gary garnered over 10,000 song plays and downloads and was a repeated editor\'s pick with MP3.COM. Gary was also the Editor\'s \'Hot Pick\' at DMX music, a leading provider of streaming music for businesses around the world. Gary\'s style of playing piano is varied and can be likened to an eclectic group of pianists and keyboardists; Michael Gettel, David Benoit, Bruce Hornsby, David Paich, Tom Schuman and Jerry Lee Lewis. Gary loves playing many genre's of music but what he primarily writes, as original material, is instrumental music that blends a little bit of easy listening, smooth jazz, new age, soft rock, jazz rock all wrapped into what he calls 'Aggressive Easy Listening'. Let's not forget he's a Baritone who sings vocal jazz and can get down and scat!!
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