Gary Urness recently retired as a band director from the Winona Public School District. He directed bands, including jazz combos and big bands at the middle and high school level. Since retiring, he still keeps busy in the music scene by giving lessons at Leithold Music Studio, and working with La Crosse (WI) schools and Winona State University. Gary perfroms on piano, trumpet, and flugelhorn with various bands in the Midwest and Phoenix, Arizona. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Winona State Univeristy, and was fortunate to have many wonderful instructors help him along with way. He currently lives in La Crescent, Minnesota with his wife, Audrey.