Originally from Portland Oregon, Gary Guthman started his career at the age of nine.
As a young teen, Gary was a member of the nationally acclaimed “Seldom Six” Dixieland Band, comprised of 12 and 14 years olds who traveled the United States performing stage shows and conventions, playing, singing and tap-dancing all the way.
Throughout Gary’s high school and college years, he performed with jazz and rock and roll bands and at 17 years old, auditioned for the acclaimed Portland (Oregon) Youth Orchestra; the oldest of its kind in the United States. Gary played principal trumpet
and in his last year with the PYO, performed as soloist with the orchestra, the only trumpet player in its history (to date) to achieve that acclaim.
Mr. Guthman was fortunate to study trumpet for the first 15 of his playing years. His teachers were Jack Dalby, Joyce Johnson , James Smith and the recently retired (after 38 years!) Principal trumpet of the Oregon Symphony – Fred Sautter.
After attending Portland State University, Gary was pleased to do short stints with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (lead by Lee Castle), Stan Kenton Orchestra, Don Ellis Orchestra and Louis Bellson.
In the early 80’s, Gary Guthman moved to Canada. Over the next three years, he became known as one of Canada’s premier lead and commercial trumpeters, playing on over 100, televised “ITV IN Concert” performances as well as numerous radio shows, jingles, movie Sound Tracks and in concert. Gary performed on Television with Tom Jones, Paul Anka , directed the jazz program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and formed his now renowned “Tribute Orchestra”.
1995 saw the inception of Gary Guthman’s hit show A Tribute To Harry James, followed by the creation of his The Trumpet Greats in 1998, Swingmatism! in 2004 and in 2007 for Internationally renowned hapist Malgorzata Zalewska, his critically acclaimed Master and Margarita.
From 1998-2001, Gary was the Musical Director and starred in the North American Musical Theatre Revue Forever Swing and won a distinguished Canadian “Jesse” Award.
In 2004, Gary debuted by invitation at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, conducted by Skitch Henderson.
Since moving to Central Europe, Gary has given over 100 concerts with his “Gary Guthman Quartet” and “The New Swing Orchestra” as well as Symphonic Pops concerts throughout Europe.
Gary Guthman’s new CD, Solar Eclipse featuring his jazz quartet was released on Sept. 26, 2011.
Gary Guthman has performed with:
Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Dorsey Brothers Big Band, Clark Terry and toured with
the Bee Gees.
Austin (Texas ) Symphony
Portland (Maine) Symphony
Florida (Orlando) Orchestra
Oregon (Portland) Symphony
Symphony of S. E. Texas
Irving (Texas) Symphony
Ft. Myers (Florida) Symphony
Gold Coast (Florida) Symphony
Allentown (Pa.) Symphony
National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Orchestra
Symphony Nova Scotia
Hamilton (Ontario) Symphony
Thunder Bay Symphony
Prince George (British Columbia) Symphony
Vancouver Island (Nanaimo, British Columbia) Symphony
New York Pops
Celebrity Review, The Tommy Banks Show, The Palace, The Tom Jones Show, The Paul Anka Show, ITV IN Concert Series
Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Vicki Carr, Aretha Franklin, Vic Damone, Paul Anka, Jack Jones, Paul Williams, Lou Rawls, Ginger Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Avalon, The Bee Gees, Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Mitch Miller, Peter Nero, Tony Bennett, Roger Whitaker, Michel LeGrande, Anne Murray, Neil Sadaka, Connie Stevens
“….a performance worthy of past masters.”
The (Portland) Oregonian
“The single Fact of life is that out of every 10,000 kids who ever pick up a trumpet…
only one will ever end up near this good.”
“Guthman’s a master technician with pristine technique, and wonderful emotive phrasing. Guthman’s playing…was exquisitely lyrical. A triumph of taste and technique.Bravo.”
Victoria Times Colonist
“The audience loved every velvety note as Gary Guthman dazzled them. The artistry, presentation and dedication to quality were second to none, and a happy audience is music to my ears.”
Executive Director / Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
“Gary Guthman is a superb trumpet player..the soaring trumpet was flawlessly delivered…”
Winnipeg Free Press
“…you just know that when Guthman wets his lips and lifts his trumpet, something good will happen.”
“If Canada had a Las Vegas, show-trumpeter Gary Guthman would be its Tony Bennet.
He’s smooth, He’s got all the moves, he sings and he plays trumpet like Gabriel on amphetamines! Musically, he’s extraordinary”.
Halifax Chronicle Herald
“What a great concert last Friday! Your performance got our audience tapping, clapping, singing and shouting Bravo!”
James M. Johnson
Executive Director /New York POPS
“Gary Guthman’s virtuoso trumpet playing was astounding and he was, as always, at his best, informing and entertaining all in a very inviting manner.”
Director of Artistic Operations / Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra