As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe teaches 4th Grade Band, 5th Grade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Music Theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 – 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master’s degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University.
Why did you decide to go into this line of work?
I love sharing my passions, whether they be in music, gardening, or other areas, with our students.
What’s your favorite part about working at Allendale Columbia?
AC allows me to think independently, to develop programs that go beyond the satisfaction of some state or national measures, and to do what makes the most sense in terms of giving students a genuine experience with music. A recent product of that independence was the creation of a music CD with our third, fourth, and fifth graders, allowing them to become recording artists, graphic artists, and authors of the linear notes. The album was professionally mastered and replicated, and it’s now available on all major digital distribution sites.
What or who is your biggest influence?
There is no single thing. All of the most valuable experiences I have had and amazing people I have known are always right there, in the back of my head or in the pit of my stomach, guiding me through everything I do.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Practice makes permanent.”