Dr. Guy G. Gauthreaux
Lecturer of Percussion
In 2007, Guy G. Gauthreaux II retired as principal timpanist of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, after 20 years of service. While in the US Navy Band, Guy was honored to performed at the White House and in 5 Inaugural parades for every US president from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. He performed countless military ceremonies and concerts at the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the US Capital, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Gauthreaux's extensive travels with the US Navy Band included annual tours throughout the 48 contiguous United States, as well as Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, the Azores, and Russia. For the last 30 years, he has shared the concert stage with such notable entertainers as the Beach Boys, Ernest Borgnine, Charlotte Church, Tony Curtis, John Forsyth, Larry Gatlin, Cathy Lee Gifford, Denise Graves, Lee Greenwood, Marvin Hamlisch, Milt Jackson, the Jets, Jack Jones, Yo Yo Ma, Johnny Matthias, Liza Minnelli, Randy Newman, Chuck Norris, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Lou Rawls. Notable conductors Guy Gauthreaux has performed under include Warren Benson, Col. John Bourgois, Dinos Constantinides, Eugene Corporon, Col. Charles Erwin, Frederick Fennel, Capt. Ralph Gambone, Richard Hayman, Carl Husa, Anthony Maiello, Francis McBeth, Timothy Muffit, James Paul, John Paynter, Carlos Miguel Prieto, John Rutter, Clauspeter Seibel, Leonard Slatkin, Robert W. Smith, Christian Tiemeyer, and Garwood Whaley.
Guy Gauthreaux's award winning compositions for snare drum, timpani, marimba, multiple percussion and marching percussion have been heard in recital halls and stadiums around the world for nearly 30 years. In 1989, his American Suite for Solo Snare Drum won 1st place in the Percussive Arts Society's Percussion Composition Contest. Capriccio for Solo Timpani , 3rd place winner in 1998 is on many state music lists and is frequently heard on university percussion juries and recitals. In 2012, Taiwanese percussionist Chen Yung-Cheng included Gauthreaux's Time to Remember, on his CD entitled Inspiration for Percussion. This composition is a tour de force multiple percussion solo that won 2nd place in the 2002 PAS Composition Contest. Dr. Gauthreaux's compositions are published and distributed by Studio 4 Productions, William Allen Music, Meredith Music Publications, Pioneer Percussion, Hal Leonard Corporation, and MostlyMarimba.com.
Guy Gauthreaux's timpani and percussion playing can be heard on numerous recordings with the United States Navy Band and the Washington Winds. He can also be heard on the educational CD recordings included with Garwood Whaley's Primary Handbook for Snare Drum, and Primary Handbook for Timpani, two of the top selling percussion method books in print. In 2004, he released his second solo snare drum CD, Rudiments! Rudiments! Rudiments! This CD is a compilation of the 40 PAS rudiments and is geared to beginning and intermediate snare drum students. Gauthreaux's first solo snare drum CD, OPEN-CLOSE-OPEN: American Contest Solos for Snare Drum, was released in 1999 to wide acclaim and been the #1 selling solo snare drum CD world-wide for the past 14 years. This recording, for more advanced students, features advanced solos by Allen Abel, Warren Benson, Art Cappio, Michael Colgrass, Jacques Delecluse, Guy Gauthreaux, Morris Goldenberg, Mitch Markovitch, John S. Pratt, and Charles Wilcoxon.
In addition to composing, teaching and performing on concert halls across the United States, Guy has also spent considerable time performing "in the pit" for numerous musicals, operas, and ballets. Recent performances in New Orleans and Baton Rouge include Rent, Hairspray, South Pacific, The Assassins, City of Angels, Les Miserables, Madame Butterfly, Samson and Delilah, Salome, The Marriage of Figaro, Pagliacci, Carmina Burana, Hansel and Gretel, Marie (Antoinette), and the Nutcracker.
Dr. Gauthreaux's percussion and timpani teachers included Stan Finck, Al Wojtera, Terry Applebaum, John Raush and Roland Kohloff. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly NLU), a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Prior to moving to Washington D.C. to join the United States Navy Band, Dr. Gauthreaux taught at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While in the Washington DC area, he served on the music faculties of the Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC., and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Since 2008, he has served on the percussion faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana and performs regularly with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a sought after educator and clinician, Dr. Gauthreaux has been a featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Maryland Day of Percussion, Virginia Day of Percussion, South Central Regional Music Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Conference, the Armed Forces School of Music, and the Nebraska Band Masters Convention.
In 1989, Dr. Gauthreaux founded PIONEER PERCUSSION, a music publishing company dedicated to advanced percussion literature. Guy also appeared in the motion picture "A Few Good Men" as a drummer in the "Marine Band" (portrayed by The Capital Band, a professional concert band that performs regularly in the Washington DC area). Gauthreaux's signature snare drum stick, the Cooperman #7, is widely used by top percussionists throughout the United States. Guy Gauthreaux is proud to endorse the Cooperman Company and Grover Pro Percussion. Visit his website at GuyGauthreaux.com.