2020 Guest Artist
Originally from Athens, Georgia, Gerry Pagano studied music education at the University of Georgia, before joining Atlanta-based entertainer Cody Marshall. He traveled extensively during this time to such places as Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia, playing dance/show music. The next four years were spent free lancing in Phoenix, Arizona and gaining more experience, playing shows like Annie, Chorus Line, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Liberace. While in Arizona, he started auditioning for orchestras, and determined more study was needed. His next three years were spent studying in New York at Juilliard. While there, he had the opportunity to perform with the Met Opera, sub with the New York Philharmonic and other regional orchestras. In 1987, he won his first job in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Gerry played eight seasons there, until winning the Saint Louis Symphony Bass Trombone position in 1995. He is a founding member of the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective and the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, as well as a frequent clinician and recitalist around the country.