Gary Needham has been teaching for 25 years. He is currently serving in his 2nd year of teaching at Garland High School. He previously taught for 7 years at The Colony High School where his orchestras placed 7th and 6th in the Texas State Full Honor Orchestra Competition. The previous 9 years before that was in Allen ISD at Allen High School and the Lowery Freshman Center. During his time in Allen, the Allen High School Orchestra Symphony Orchestra placed in the HS Full Honor Orchestra Finals (2004, 2006, 2007), and performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago (2007). Mr. Needham’s groups have continuously been awarded “Sweepstakes” at UIL and have won numerous other festival awards throughout the country. Before this, he was the orchestra director at Frankford Middle School in Plano ISD, a position he had held since 1998. Since the opening of Frankford MS in 1998, under Mr. Needhams direction, the orchestra program had grown to over 220 students, including 3 performing groups and 110 beginners. The groups at Frankford continually received the UIL “Sweepstakes” award and numerous other recognitions. The Frankford Chamber Orchestra placed in the Finals of the Texas Middle School Honor Orchestra Competition in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
In addition to his teaching, Mr. Needham is an active clinician and judge in the Dallas area and around the state. Mr. Needham also serves as the Concert Orchestra conductor for the New Conservatory of Dallas, a position that has held since 2000. He also remains an active freelance cellist in the Dallas area. He has taught summer camps at Hummingbird, Hardin Simmons, Baylor and Texas Tech University. He also conducts orchestras at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango Colorado each summer. Mr. Needham holds membership and affiliations with TMEA, TODA, TMAA and Mu Omicron.
Mr. Needham, a native of Amarillo Texas, graduated from Caprock High School and received his Bachelor of Music in Education from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. He and his wife Erin have a daughter, Kate (16 years old), and 10 year old son, Garrett.