Gary Scalice died from cancer in October, 2006, and will be sorely missed.
Gary was introduced to barbershop when he was a junior at El Camino High School
in South San Francisco. He played lead clarinet in the band, tenor sax
in the marching band and sang bass or solo lead in the choir. He was
also taking piano lessons. The school was doing a production of The
Music Man and the music director, Ted Marr "drafted" Gary as
the bass for the quartet. Gary was hooked.
senior year, Gary acted in The Cain Mutiny Court Martial and Babes inArms.
received the Tom Knapp memorial trophy for Bandsman of the year (1966)
and an award for "Oustanding Musician" He arranged the
graduation music. Gary went on to The College of San Mateo where he
played lead and bass clarinet in the Symphonic Band and sang in the
Choir. He missed marching band and joined The California Kingsmen Drum
& Bugle Corp playing baritone bugle. He also played in The San
Francisco German Band & Orchestra where at a young age was
introduced to an Ocktober Fest! Gary sang in church choirs and lead a
worship team for The Vineyard Church home groups.
re-introduced to barbershop when he was signing up street entertainment
for the Pacific Coast Fog Fest and a fellow Fog Fest worker invited Gary
to a rehearsal of The Golden Chordsmen and got hooked. About a year
after joining The Golden Chordsmen, Gary was given the honor of being a
part of Sound Judgment...