Born: January 14, 1946
BIOGRAPHY OF GARY WASHBURN
Gary Washburn grew up and attended public school in Skiatook, Oklahoma. He was very active in music, taking piano lessons and playing in the school band. However, his original career goal was to be in Veterinary Medicine.
But, along the way his brother, Kent (also a graduate of Skiatook HS, class of 1960), got involved in a dance band called The Shadow Lake Eight. Gary was very enthusiastic about what his brother was doing, and practiced and learned the piano parts for that performing group. He was sitting in, and subbing as piano player in the group before he was even old enough to drive a car!...
AwardsGary was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Grant to attend the prestigious McDowell Colony, specifically to write a 13 piece suite called “A Life In A Day”, which he specifically wrote for the Jazz-Fusion orientated group he had organized back in Hilo, called Justin Thyme. After returning even again to Hawaii, Gary was awarded a Hawaii State Foundation of the Arts Grant to perform and record “A Life In A Day” with Justin Thyme
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