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Paul Gerlach - Programs Officer

Paul Gerlach, Member of the Board of Directors

Paul was born in Pittsburgh and is currently the Music Director of the Allegheny Brass Band and Director of the Kiltie Band at Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds the position of Artist/Lecturer for the CMU Department of Music where his assignments have included methods courses in brass, woodwinds, percussion and marching band techniques.

Prior to that he was Director of Bands at Bellevue Jr.-Sr. High School and Northgate High School. He also taught instrumental music, junior high band and general music for the Northgate system, and was Instructor of Trumpet and Director of the Brass Ensemble at Westminster College.
He has taught studio trumpet since 1965, continues to play professionally and devotes considerable time to conducting. In addition to his work with ABB, his conducting experiences include associate, guest, rehearsal and substitute assignments with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Honors Band, the CMU Wind Ensemble, the CMU Summer Session Trumpet Ensemble, CMU Youth Brass Band, River City Youth Brass Band, Lock Haven University Symphonic Band and the Susquehanna University Honors Band. In 2007 Mr. Gerlach was guest conductor for the Diocese of Pittsburgh All Star Band.
Mr. Gerlach has considerable experience as a festival adjudicator. He has been selected as both a floor and sight reading judge for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and West Virginia Bandmasters Association festivals. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association (past president), College Band Directors National Association, International Trumpet Guild, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Mu.
Paul’s educational background includes two B.F.A degrees - one in Music Education, and another in Applied Music/Trumpet - from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). He continued his education there, earning an M.F.A in Applied Music/Trumpet and another M.F.A. in Musicology. He returned to CMU for post-graduate work in 1983-84 and 1991-92, studying trumpet, musicology, piano, and computer science.
Paul and his wife Myra live in the Pittsburgh area.