Gail Gillespie moved to Portland in 2009, shortly after retiring as Principal Flute of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, D.C. During her 30-year tenure there, she served 26 years as Principal Flute and was often featured as a soloist with both the band and White House chamber orchestra.
Born in Hawaii, Gail received her Bachelor of Music in Performance, with honors, from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary flute instructors include Jean Harling, Paula Robison, James Pappoutsakis, Toshiko Kohno, and Britton Johnson.
Since “retiring” to Portland, Gail has been an active free-lance musician, subbing with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and other groups in the area. A member of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Gail also teaches flute lessons in a studio in northeast Portland. The kindness and beauty of Oregon bring her great joy.
Crazy Jane Inner Nature, 2014