Gary Malvern, D.M.A.




North High School





Gary Malvern, D.M.A. (1976) is Professor of Trumpet and Music History at Furman University in South Carolina. Dr. Malvern has traveled throughout the world as a soloist and section member, performing with such ensembles as the National Repertory Orchestra as principal trumpet and the American Wind Symphony. He is currently the principal trumpet of the Greenville Symphony, a member of the Aurora Brass Quintet, and appears as a regional clinician and soloist.

At North High School, Gary was involved in Band, the Wind Ensemble, Drama Club and the school newspaper. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. After graduating, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1980. He continued his education at Yale University, earning a Master of Music degree, a Master of Musical Arts degree, and his Doctorate in Musical Arts. When Gary was finishing his doctoral work at Yale, he was first and foremost a trumpet player. He saw himself playing in symphonies and brass quintets and traveling the world to perform. Teaching was not something he thought much about. But soon after joining the faculty at Furman, he discovered that he loved teaching as much as performing. He was also every bit as good at it, and has since received the Meritorious Teaching Award at Furman and was cited as a Distinguished Professor by the State of South Carolina.

In addition to his academic life at Furman, Dr. Malvern continues to lead a rich and varied life as a performer, realizing his dream of traveling the world, performing and lecturing in Australia, England, France, Germany, and Italy, where he recently recorded a CD. His vast experiences have enabled him to offer his students a larger musical perspective, and to empower them to do their best work.