2016 Honor Band Guest Conductors
Senior Honor Band
Gary P. Gilroy is a Professor of Music and Director of
Bands at California State University, Fresno. In 1993 he
was appointed Associate Director of Bands and Director
of the Bulldog Marching Band. After 13 years in this
position and building one of the finest collegiate marching
bands on the west coast, Dr. Gilroy became Director of
Bands in 2006. Prior to this appointment he served for a
decade as Director of Bands at Fred C. Beyer High School
in Modesto, California where his band was awarded
several national honors as well as the International Sudler
Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Gilroy also served as faculty at CSU, Stanislaus and
graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in Eugene,
Oregon where he completed his doctorate in 1995.
In March of 2014 Dr. Gilroy was voted into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has served on the board of California Band Directors Association for fourteen years and he is a Past President of that organization. Gilroy is also a Past President of the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association. From 1999 to 2006 he served on the board of the National Band Association as a Member At Large and the Western Division Chairman.
Dr. Gilroy is in demand as a guest conductor of many honor bands throughout the United States. As an adjudicator and guest conductor he has served in 40 states, Canada, China and England. Dr. Gilroy has been the conductor for all state groups in Colorado, Iowa and Oregon as well as the California Band Directors Association All-State Junior High School Symphonic Band and the All-State High School Symphonic Band.
An ASCAP Award-winning composer, Gilroy's music is published for concert band, marching band, and various ensembles through the Arrangers Publishing Company, BRS Music, Inc., C. Alan Publications, Daehn Publications, Gary P. Gilroy Publications, Kagarice Brass Editions, Matrix Publications, TRN Publications, Warner Brothers, Wingert-Jones, Inc., and CPP/Belwin Mills. His compositions have been featured at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, the International Trombone Festival in New Orleans, and on many occasions at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Additionally, Gilroy’s compositions have been performed by many regional and state honor bands throughout the United States. Dr. Gilroy served as the arranger/composer for the 2008 Olympic Orchestra in Beijing, China. He has been an ASCAP Composers Award recipient every year since 2001.
Dr. Gilroy and his wife Dena have lived in Clovis, California since 1993. His daughter, Alexandra, has music degrees from UCLA and UNLV and is currently a music teacher in the Clovis Unified School District and his son, Nicholas, is a graduate of CSU, Long Beach and a freelance percussionist in the Los Angeles area.
Junior Honor Band
Anne Fruehling has been teaching at Colina Middle School since
1997. She received her undergraduate degree from Quincy
University and her credential at CSUN. Anne recently completed her
master's degree through the American Band College at Sam Houston
Under Anne's direction, her bands have consistently received
Superior Ratings at District and Regional Band Festival. Her students
participate in a wide variety of honor groups, including the SCSBOA
and CBDA Honor Bands, as well as the Ventura County Middle School
Honor Band. In 2008, the Colina Middle School Symphonic band was
chosen as the CBDA Middle School Showcase Band. In 2009, Mrs.
Fruehling was the guest conductor for the Bakersfield City Schools
Middle School Honor Band and in 2015, she conducted the Hart
District Honor Band. She has received both the PTSA Honorary
Service Award and the Continuing Service Award.