Director of Bands
B.M., M.M. University of North Texas
Jon Gauer, a Billings native, has recently returned to the area to serve as RMC’s Director of Bands. He completed his M.M. and B.M. in trombone performance at the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the world-renowned One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band and taught as a Graduate Teaching Fellow under the mentorship of Janet Kagarice. During his time in Texas, he maintained a studio of forty-three lesson students while working as a freelance musician and performing with several regional orchestras.
In addition to regularly performing solo recitals, Gauer has been a featured soloist with the UNT Trombone Consortium and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. Other highlights include a Grammy nomination as a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band on Lab 2015; winning the 2015 Kai Winding International Jazz Trombone Competition as a member of the UNT U-Tubes; and winning the DownBeat Magazine Award for Large Jazz Ensemble Performance for the Two O’Clock Lab Band’s 2010 CD Under the Radar.
Gauer has maintained a part-time presence in Montana’s music scene over the last several years: performing with Bozeman’s rising rock band Cure for the Common, subbing in the Billings Symphony, and working as a camp counselor at the Red Lodge Music Festival.
Gauer is teaching concert band, jazz ensemble, and also pep band.