- Born: 1952
Gary Ivan Wilby was born in Blenheim 5-1-52. Educated Shirley Boys’ High School 1965-9. ATCL 1970. Attended University of Canterbury 1970-6, graduating MA in music. 1976 ChCh Secondary Teachers’ College. 1973-5 member of C.A.P. (Co-Active Players) performing at early Sonics and the 1974 NZ Students Arts Council Tour “Thru Sound”. Since 1977 has taught in secondary schools in the Hutt Valley. 1986-7 on Department of Education Music Review (Music in Community, and Music as Vocation) and Syllabus Review (Popular Music in Schools). 1988 on Lower Hutt Community Arts Council. Presented papers to first CANZ Conference (1975) and to Coaches Association of NZ Conference (1984) (is a qualified NZAAA Coach, and has represented both Canterbury and Wellington in cross-country and road racing). Has written for “Canzona” and “Art New Zealand”. Attended music festivals in Warsaw, Helsinki and Tokyo. Cellist since 1980 with Nova Strings and since 1986 with Wellington Chamber Orchestra. Plays keyboard in “Blue Bossa” Jazz Ensemble. Executive Secretary of CANZ since 1988. 1989 married Tina Young.
See also “Bibliography of New Zealand Compositions” (-1982).Source: Norman, Philip: Bibliography of New Zealand Compositions; Nota Bene Music (1991)