Gail Gillespie

Gail Gillespie with Portland Symphony Orchestra

Ms. Gillespie was born and raised in Hawaii.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance, with honors, from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her primary flute instructors included:  Jean Harling, Paula Robison, James Pappoutsakis, Toshiko Kohno, and Britton Johnson.

Ms. Gillespie was a Flutist in the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own."  During her 30-year tenure there, 1979 – 2009, she served 26 years as Principal Flute and was often featured as a soloist with both the band and the Marine’s White House chamber orchestra.  While in the band, she performed numerous State functions at the White House and State Department for many of our nation's presidents.

She retired from the Marines in 2009, and shortly thereafter moved to Portland, OR.  Since “retiring” to Portland, Ms. Gillespie has been an active free-lance musician, subbing with the:

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