Our Director

Monte C. Gmur

Monte Gmur became Musical Conductor of the AUSA Sounds of Freedom Band in 2003, and has since served as a driving force in the promotion of a unique programming style that creates a concert experience that awakens curiosity, imagination, wonder, awareness, and appreciation of band music. Mr. Gmur is well known as an educator, adjudicator, clinician and performer.

Bands performing under his direction have been described as “Well Rehearsed” and “Grand”. A reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram once wrote that “He brings clarity, balance and precision to the ensemble”.

Mr. Gmur’s teaching experience encompasses many decades with high school bands, college bands, and community bands. A past president of the Youth Band Council of Southern California, founding member of the Pacific Coast Judges Association, and member of the prestigious National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Mr. Gmur has contributed to the success of several television and motion picture projects; served as musical conductor for the Miss California Pageant; production consultant for: The All Western Band Review, Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Telecast, ARCO’s National Jesse Owens Games, and Disneyland.