Following his long legit and musical theatre career, jazz was given a somewhat late but now is a major focus of Gary Brumburgh these days.
Born in Buffalo and raised in a small suburb of North Tonawanda, New York, Gary’s strong singing voice was most likely inherited from his mother, classical singer/pianist/teacher Doris (née Howe) Brumburgh Maretti. He studied piano under his mother’s guidance at age 7 and was playing Rachmaninoff by 12 before giving it up entirely, preferring voice and acting instead. Acting was a wonderful escape and Gary made his theatre debut at age 14 playing minor sleuth Archie Carstairs in the murder mystery comedy Home Sweet Homicide. Turning from chicken to ham very quickly, he loved the applause and starred in in various other school plays and was a prime member/soloist of his high school’s advanced chorus program.