Gary France is a passionate advocate for music education throughout the world. He presents workshops, motivational speeches and concerts in the widest range of musical genres including jazz, commercial, world and classical music’s. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, Music Education, in 1979, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and his Master of Music degree, Orchestral Performance / Jazz, 1988 at the University of North Texas. Gary was recruited from the USA to Australia in 1986 by Richard Gill as the inaugural Lecturer in Drumset and Percussion at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music. Gary’s prominent positions have included: Head of Music WAAPA – Edith Cowan University, Head of ANU School of Music, Associate Professor of Music and Distinguished Artist in Residence at The Australian National University, Features Editor of PERCUSscene Magazine, Board of Directors Percussive Arts Society International, President and founder of the Australia Chapter of PAS and Board member SPEAK Percussion and is presently the founder and director of The Groove Warehouse, an innovative institution that merges music educational practice with entrepreneurship.  Gary France’s students hold prominent professional positions in contemporary drum-set / percussion and the arts industry throughout the world.
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The Drum Circle will celebrate unity in rhythm and pulse as we Make a Joyous Sound!