Band and Choral Instructor – Fine Arts Learning Leader
Mike Gardner is the Director of Music at Central Memorial High. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri. Mr. Gardner has taught music in the public school system for 26 years. At Central Memorial, Mr. Gardner teaches and conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches advanced vocal and instrumental musicianship classes. He also taught theory, ear training, and applied saxophone at Mount Royal College and is a director of the Westwinds Music Society. Mr. Gardner is active as a clinician and guest conductor in the province of Alberta.
In addition to Mr. Gardner’s teaching and conducting qualifications, he also performs as a saxophonist and arranges music for bands and choirs. He has performed with a variety of jazz musicians and groups such as the Eric Friedenberg Orchestra, the Prime Time Big Band, the Harry James Tribute Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Memorial Orchestra, and The Guy Lombardo Memorial Orchestra. He has also been a sideman for Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, and others.