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Michael Gardner

Michael GardnerMike Gardner is currently Director of Music at Central Memorial High. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri. Mr. Gardner has taught music in the public school system for 30 years. At Central Memorial, Mr. Gardner teaches and conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Jazz Ensembles, teaches advanced vocal and instrumental musicianship classes. He is a director of the Westwinds Music Society. Mr. Gardner is active as a clinician, composer, arranger and guest conductor. He is currently on the board of directors for the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education in an effort to advocate for advancing the cause of music education in Calgary. From 2005 to 2011, he was a saxophone instructor and the theory instructor for first year music students enrolled in the Mount Royal University diploma program.

In addition to Mr. Gardner’s teaching and conducting qualifications, he has also performed as a saxophonist and arranges music for bands and choirs. He has performed with a variety of jazz musicians and groups such as the Craig Brennan Big Band, Prime Time Big Band, the Harry James Tribute Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Memorial Orchestra, and The Guy Lombardo Memorial Orchestra. He has also been a sideman for Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, and others.



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