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Parks, Gary E.

Gary Parks writes and arranges for band, solo, ensemble, and multi-percussion, as well as for voice, including educational and sacred choral works. His works have been published by Alfred Publishing Company, BriLee Music Publishing Company, Lindsborg Press, TRN Music Publisher, Grand Mesa Music Publishers, and Dutch Music Publications. His arrangement of "Deux Chansons" for orchestra and voice was performed at the 2004 Christmas program of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Principal percussionist of the Symphony of Southeast Texas since 1978, Gary Parks is percussion instructor for Lamar University (Beaumont, TX). He serves as music director for the First Christian Church of Beaumont. His career in public education began in 1970, in classes ranging from high school and middle school choral music to elementary music and art. Gary has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the faculty artistsí series for Lamar University as well as percussionist for any civic performances. Gary holds a Master in Music Education from McNeese State University, where he studied with Dr. Bill Groves. He earned his bachelor of Science in Theory and Composition and in Percussion in 1970 at Lamar State College, which is now Lamar University. Many people at Lamar were influential in Gary's musical career, including his father, George Parks, then music department chair. Gary's instructors there included Dr. Charles A. "Pete" Wiley and Prof. Paul Holmes. Gary was born in Louisiana, but got to Texas as quick as he could, and has lived most of his life in Southeast Texas. He now lives in Lumberton, Texas with his wife, Cathryne.

  • Festíva
    $60.00 Choose Options Festíva
    Festíva was premiered at Lamar University’s 2005 Spring Graduation, under the direction of Dr. Scott Weiss, then Lamar’s director of bands, now director of bands at the University of Kansas. The festive mood of the...
  • La Plaza de Alamos
    $45.00 Choose Options La Plaza de Alamos
    Sunny, breezy days; cool starry nights . . . “La Plaza de Alamos” will transport you and your audience to the Central Plaza of this “Magical Village” in Mexico. Envision groups of friends in the arched doorways and on...
    La Plaza de Alamos
  • March Olympia
    $55.00 Choose Options March Olympia
    Even those who do not enjoy sporting events enjoy the pomp and fanfare of the Summer Olympic Games. The form and style of March Olympia are European in the tradition of Elgar and Walton, not American, and intended for...
    March Olympia
  • March to Shiloh
    $50.00 Choose Options March to Shiloh
    Your Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic occasion will be enriched by this expressive march, which is in turn exhilarating, poignant, and moving. The initial section is an uplifting salute to the men and women who...
    March to Shiloh
  • Swanee
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    Stephen Collins Foster was one of America's most beloved songwriters and the country's first professional musician. Foster's "Old Folks at Home" was completed only after his publisher found the river with two syllables that...
  • Two Evening Carols
    $55.00 Choose Options Two Evening Carols
    Several years ago, I began working with combining well-known melodies and treating them with non-traditional harmonies. "Silent Night" by Franz Gruber and "Away in the Manger" by James Murray are two of the best examples I...
    Two Evening Carols

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