Gary retired from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2011 as Professor of Music and Director of the Honors Program. He was appointed to the UNK faculty in 1990 as Director of Bands and Professor of Brass, teaching private lessons to major and minor low brass students and conducting the UNK Brass Quintet. In addition, he conducted the UNK “Pride of the Plains” Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble and taught instrumental conducting. Dr. Davis served as Director of Bands from 1990 to 2004 and Director of the Honors Program from 2003 to his retirement. A native of Lincoln, NE, Gary received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to his appointment at UNK, he was Director of Bands at Wayne State College (Wayne, NE), Schuyler Central High School (NE) and Instrumental/Vocal Director at Cedar Bluffs Public Schools (NE). Gary is a veteran serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1974. After retiring, he joined the 1733 Barbershop Chorus, the barbershop quartet Patent Pending and the Platte River Singers Chorus. He has joined the Kearney Dobytown Kiwanis Club, Kearney Concert Association, Torch Club International, and was selected into the TeamMates Mentor Program. Most recently, Gary was appointed to the Fine and Performing Arts Small Learning Community Advisory Team for Kearney High School. He continues to conduct high school honor bands and adjudicate music festivals and contests. During his 37-year career as a music educator, he has conducted more than 330 honor bands in 13 states and three Canadian provinces. Gary and his wife Debby have been married for 45 years. They have two grown children and five grand children.