Gary Gazlay was born in Pueblo, Colorado and grew up in Pinellas County, Florida where he began studying piano at the age of five. The positive influence of his junior and high school band directors on his life is the reason he chose a career as a music teacher. Mr. Gazlay attended the University of South Florida and after graduating from college in 1974, he moved to Madison, Florida and began his teaching career in the Madison County Florida Public School System. He has taught music for the past 39 years at the adult, high school, middle school and elementary levels. He currently is teaching instrumental music at Madison County Central School located in Madison Florida.
In 1979 the Madison High School Band under his direction was selected and performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 his fanfares for brass were selected as one the winners of the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition. Also, in 2014 he was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Madison County Florida.
Mr. Gazlay is a member of: ASCAP, NAfEA, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators’ Association, National Association of Composers, The International Horn Society, The National Band Association, The American Recorder Society, Handbell Musicians of America and Pi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.