18 Years With the Band
Bill's enthusiasm, talent, leadership, and professionalism have grown the band musically, as well as in number and talent. His selection of band literature, rehearsal technique and concert presentations are educational and enjoyable for both the band and audience.

our conductor - william gourley

William W. Gourley began his musical journey at five years old studying the accordion at his father’s conservatory, Monarch Conservatory of Music (Indiana) and performed on the conservatory’s Saturday radio show, Monarch Conservatory on Review, at the age of six. He grew up in the music business teaching accordion, piano, trumpet, guitar and played trumpet in the school band program.
Bill received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Michigan State University and enjoyed a successful career as the band director in Dundee. Michigan from 1976-81 and Chelsea, Michigan from 1981-2000. During his twenty-five years as a music educator he taught in the Dundee and Chelsea school systems, served on the conducting staff of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and founded and conducted the Southeastern Michigan Honors Band a high school student ensemble that toured throughout Europe. Mr. Gourley served as a faculty member of the Conn-Selmer Institute and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and lecturer for student and adult ensembles in the state and nationally.
Mr. Gourley returned to the music business in 2001 with the Marshall Music Company (Michigan) as an educational consultant and also served as the Director of School Services. He retired as Vice President/General Manager in 2013. His responsibilities included the oversight of sales and marketing, editing and writing Marshall’s educational newsletter, mentoring music teachers throughout the state, lecturing at universities, presenting workshops and coordinating educational programs and seminars for music educators. His articles have been published nationally most notably in the Keynotes Magazine.
During his years as a band director he served as a district and state Executive Board member and Committee Chairman for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) and is a three-time recipient of the MSBOA District XII Outstanding Band Director Award. Mr. Gourley is a past chairman of the Michigan Chapter of the American School Band Directors’ Association and was awarded the Stanbury Award as Michigan’s Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year. Bands and orchestras under his direction have performed at prestigious festivals, music conferences, and concert venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and have gained a national and international reputation of excellence for their musical proficiency and artistry.
Mr. Gourley has been the conductor of the Dexter Community Band since 1998 leading their European tour in 2001. He also serves as the conductor of the Ann Arbor Civic Band which performs weekly concerts throughout the summer, assuming the position in 2002.
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