Gary L. Partridge received his Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and his Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Connecticut. He has studied conducting with Larry Rachleff, William Revelli, William Willett, and Alan Gillespie.
Mr. Partridge has retired from Music and Arts Centers where, as an Educational Representative, he managed school accounts and served as an advocate for Music Education in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for the national company.
In his twenty-two years at Renbrook School in West Hartford, he was Director of Music and conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Both groups annually earned Superior Awards in festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Renbrook School commissioned W. Francis McBeth’s “The Dream Catcher”, and performed the premier of that work in September 1996. The Concert Band appeared at the Connecticut Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences in 1997 and 2001.
He is in his twentieth year as conductor of Capitol Symphonic Winds at the Hartt School. Capitol Symphonic Winds was a featured performing ensemble at the 2004 Connecticut Music Educators Conference.
As Director of Bands at Central Connecticut State University, Mr. Partridge directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and the Blue Devil Marching Band from 1985 to 1996. The Blue Devil Marching Band was featured at half-time shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots. He was the conductor of the Concert Band at Laurel Music Camp for many years from 1990 to 2003, and is returning to Camp this Summer.
He has conducted numerous All State, Regional, and District Bands throughout the country and is active as an adjudicator and clinician. He continues to adjudicate for Classics Festivals, Heritage Festivals, Music in the Parks, and is a frequent adjudicator for the Rhode Island Music Educators Band Festival. He is a member of many professional organizations, having served the Connecticut Music Educators Association as adjudicator chair for the All State auditions, and as Festival Chair for the Northern Region Middle School Music Festival for twenty years. He is a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu.
Gary is a longtime friend of LMC, so we're excited to have his baton back in front of our campers in Weed Lodge! We are still looking for trombone, alto saxophone, orchestral strings and male vocalists to fill out our ensembles. Make sure you get registered soon as spots are filling up fast!!!!!!
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