In 2002, when Commencement program organizers desired more regal flair for the procession of Seattle Pacific University faculty and graduating seniors, Symphonic Wind Ensemble Director Gerry Marsh found and purchased four herald trumpets. They had been used only once — at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City that same year.
Marsh is retiring after 15 years as a Seattle Pacific University instructor of music, and director of the music technology program at SPU. He continues as maestro of the Cascade Youth Symphony, where his baton has fearlessly waved for almost 30 years.
To Professor of Music Eric Hanson, Marsh is the epitome of servant leadership. “Always an encourager and defender of those whom he called ‘the good and faithful people’ in his performing groups, he was never afraid to stand up for what is right.”
Known for his panache at the podium, Marsh possesses extensive experience and giftedness as an educator, a performer, a conductor, a choirmaster, and a composer, and has been frequently involved as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for music festivals. A member of the inaugural Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, he has conducted music seminars throughout the Northwest, Canada, and England. Upon the occasion of an award honoring his 25th anniversary as conductor of the CYSO, the special presentation was made by Gerard Schwarz, conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.