Gil is a native of Portland, Maine and a cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. He received his B.A. in Music Education in 1980 and has built and directed instrumental, choral and jazz programs in three states. Gil will begin his third decade of working with young people and loves to share the joy of music making with them as they find their "voice" in life. He holds Music K - 12 certification in 3 states and is HQT certified. His graduate work is in Education Administration, Leadership and Jazz Studies. He is a music test rater for the ETS-PRAXIS National Educational Testing Service and has won state titles (Maine) in Jazz Big Band and Combo with his former students.
As a professional bandleader and guitarist since the age of 15, Gil has logged literally thousands of "gigs" of every kind - bars to black tie. Gil moved to Arizona in 2006 (with a 2 year return to Maine to help run a music venue, teach and gig) and again in 2012. He enjoys travel, hiking, lap swimming and visiting his two grown sons as they start their families and careers.