Gary Barkey holds a bachelor and master of music degree from the University Iowa, where he studied trombone with Dr. John Hill. As a Doctoral candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, Denton (1975-78) he studied with Leon Brown. He has played trombone for over 50 years, and his private teaching experience dates back to 1975. He recently retired from Dallas ISD as an elementary and middle school band director in June of 2013. Though he teaches the classical approach to technique and tone, his experience as a soloist and as a member of show bands, jazz bands, dixieland groups, and classical orchestra, enables him to offer a variety of styles. He currently performs with the Local 72-147 American Federation of Musicians; New Texas Symphony Orchestra, principal trombonist; Cathedral of Hope orchestra, principal trombonist; Buddy’s Big Band (Ft. Worth) lead trombonist; Substitute trombonist with Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a member of Jazz Monsters, (Ft. Worth), North Richland Hills Symphony Orchestra, principal; Staff musician at Tanner Recording Studios in Memphis, TN; military service as a U.S. Air Force bandsman. Performances with the Air Force concert and jazz bands and the University of Iowa Symphonic band have led to venues on three continents; most of western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Libya Africa, the Carribean, and much of southeastern United States.