Gene and his wife Diane have lived in North Battleford since 1988. Gene currently works with the North
Battleford City Kinsmen Band, administers a community string program, and maintains a private studio of students.
Until his retirement in 2004 , Gene was the Music Consultant with the Living Sky School Division. After
retiring from classroom work, he accepted a position as the Arts Consultant with that diivision. Previous to his time in the Battlefords’, he was a full time Band Director with the Kindersley School Division for fourteen years.
At the University of Wisconsin he completed a B.A. in performance and received his Teaching Credentials.
He went on to complete six credits of post grad work at the University of Saskatchewan, with Marvin Eckroth and Margaret Wilson. These courses were transferred to Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where he completed a M.M. in 1998.
As a member of the Board of SMEA, he chaired the Provincial SMEA Convention in 1991 and has
coordinated the SMEA Honour Groups five different years. SMEA awarded Gene the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996, and SMEA Honourary Life Membership in 2005.
Gene has also served on the Board of the Saskatchewan Band Association. Serving on the Music Advocate
Committee. He was the coordinator of the SBA Summer Band Camp at North Battleford from 1986 until 1991.
Gene received the SBA Distinguished Band Director Award in 2005. In 2006 and 2010, he was a guest presenter at the Sask. Music Conference.
North Battleford groups have given performances, and been selected as demonstration groups for clinicians and speakers at several Sask. Music Conferences. The North Battleford Band, combined with the band from Salisbury Composite in Sherwood Park, performed at two conferences, as well as premiering the commissioned work, “Riel”, written by Rick Benson.
Gene has adjudicated festivals and led workshops in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Wisconsin and
Louisiana. During these events, his goal has been to create an appreciation of music and performing. He has performed several recitals on clarinet of nineteenth and twentieth century literature, and has recently been a guest performer with the Gallery Singers, the Kinsmen Senior Band, Battlefords Sax Quartet, Battlefords Clarinet Quartet , and Battlefords Woodwind Quintet.