GARY GIBBONS, DRUMMER
Gary Gibbons began his drumming career at age 10, when he first started playing in a band and receiving private drum (and guitar) lessons. By the time he was 14 years old he was working three to four nights a week throughout New York playing music by The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Rufus and Kool & The Gang. The band was signed with a booking agency, and they all became union members of the American Federation of Musicians.
When Gary was 16, his band went on a 2 ½-month tour of Morocco, where he performed for the Prince in an outdoor concert in Tangiers, in addition to playing the discos in Bogart’s Casablanca. He also received the “Louis Armstrong Jazz” award and the “All-Star Jazz Band” award for Best Drummer in New York State while playing in his high school jazz band. Gary became the leader of the then 9-piece Crossroads Band, playing the tight funky brass sounds of bands such as Tower of Power. Little did he know he would later work with the guitarist from that band, Bruce Conte. At a collaboration performance, Gary US Bonds invited the band to perform as his rhythm section; they declined the offer.
In 1980, Gary moved to New York City where he continued his professional music career and instruction with studio great Gary Chester and jazz legend Joe Morello. He freelanced all over New York City doing studio work, commercials and live gigs. During this time he was also a steady member of a busy Latin band.
In 1990, Gary moved to Los Angeles where he has flourished musically. His drumming can be heard on television and film sound tracks for shows such as “ER”,“The Honeymooners” and “Bob Newhart” specials—and more recently the film soundtrack for “Kettle of Fish.” Gary has recorded many CDs and performed live with hundreds of artists playing jazz, latin, blues, big band, R & B, Broadway shows and pop music styles. He also maintained a steady gig at the Loews Hotel In Santa Monica for 14 years performing with the Daniel May Trio with featured guest artists. For nearly two decades, Gary has maintained a steady performance schedule with the City Sound Singers, an urban-outreach group lifting the hearts of the homeless through music and praise, at Missions and churches throughout Los Angeles.
Some of Gary’s credits include the following (see full list of Artists below):
Eric Marienthal, Buddy Greco, Herb Jeffries, Sherwood Sledge, Barbara Morrison, Bruce Conte, Stephanie Haynes, Sam Most, Tierney Sutton, Howlett (Smitty) Smith, Steve Waddington, Llew Matthews, David Moscoe, Stuart Elster, Jean Shy, Thelma Jones, Bob Marlo, Arlette McCoy, Marilyn King, Rick Blessing, Chadwick, Billy Valentine, Mickie Rhyne, Diane Witherspoon, Joanie Sommers, Jackie Allen, Janice Anderson, Jelsa Palao, Pat Tuzzolino, Pauline Wilson, Warren Wiebe, Mark Winkler, Dee Dee McNeil, Ron Eschete and Ron Ellington Shy.