Faculty Spotlight!

Gary P. Gilroy, D.M.A., Professor, Music

Gary P. Gilroy, D.M.A., Professor, Music

I grew up in Lancaster, PA, the Pennsylvania Dutch country where we shared the road with the Amish folks in their buggies.  My childhood dream was to become a band director and perhaps even compose band music some day.  I started my career as a high school band director and after 14 years of that I was hired at Fresno State to restart and rebuild the Bulldog Marching Band as the Associate Director of Bands.  I loved doing that for 13 years and then won the national search for the Director of Bands position and am currently starting my 14th year performing those duties.  I have over 200 publications of my compositions and arrangements for a variety of bands and ensembles.  Two years ago and former conducting student of mine, Christine Keenan and I started a new group in town that is a semi-professional wind band called the Wind Symphony of Clovis.  This group consists of many Fresno State alums and it is a gas to be one of their conductors.  After just six months as a band we applied to perform at the world's most prestigious band director's conference and were selected to be featured at the event in Chicago.  Conducting that concert last December was certainly one of the proudest moments of my life.  I have been married for 37 years and have two grown children with my first grandchild on the way.  My biggest hobby is going up into the Sierras and cutting/splitting firewood.  It is an intense work out. 

What is one teaching tip that you would like to share with your colleagues or with your younger self?
The more energy you share with your students the more you get back from them!

Has the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) helped to better your teaching and learning to engage students for success? If so, how?
Absolutely!  There are SO MANY new things to learn.  I think we ALL know that we all need to be life-long learners but that is FAR MORE true today as the world of technology provides us with so many awesome new options to help people learn and understand.  The folks in CFE have been VERY patient and kind with me and I appreciate it VERY much.  Although I am still quite a novice, I have managed to work LOTS of technology into my teaching and I know I am more effective than I would be without the knowledge I have gained through CFE.