Junction man inducted into Bandmasters hall of fame

Gary Ambrosier

Gary Ambrosier picked up his first musical instrument when he was in third grade. The 66-year-old Grand Junction resident has yet to set it down.

Because of this ceaseless dedication to music, Ambrosier was selected by Colorado Bandmasters Association members to be this year’s inductee into the Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. The association has inducted one member each year since 1976.

“I was humbled that people would remember me after six years of being out of it. And I was excited, of course,” he said.

Ambrosier began his musical career as a piano player, but quickly moved on to other instruments, including his favorite, the trumpet. His love of all things musical led him to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. After teaching in various schools in Colorado and Michigan, Ambrosier found his way into the band room of Central High School. After a 15-year stint at CHS, he was selected as the music supervisor for School District 51, a position that required him to oversee music programs, teachers and budgets.

The accomplishment Ambrosier is most proud of is his introduction of a statewide rubric system for musical competitions. After Central High scored lower than expected at a competition, he developed and helped implement a grading system that made judging and scoring at all Colorado high school musical competitions consistent. In recognition of his efforts, the Colorado High School Activities Association awarded Ambrosier its Distinguished Service Award in 2009.


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