Gary Poffenbarger, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Tuba and Euphonium, Music

Gary Poffenbarger, M.A.


Gary Poffenbarger joined the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio School of Music in the Fall of 2017. He teaches tuba and euphonium lessons to music majors, leads weekly masterclasses, and directs the UTSA Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, better known as “¡El Boom Squad!.”

Mr. Poffenbarger holds a M.M. from Boston University, and a B.M.Ed. from Arkansas State University. His principal teachers include Sam Pilafian, William Holmes, Wesley Branstein, Warren Deck, Gary Ofenloch, Ronald Romm, Roger Voisin, Timothy Morrison, David Ohanian, William Pfund, Allan Dean, and Arnold Jacobs.

He is a former member of The Boston Brass, Epic Brass, and The Boston Tuba Quartet. He was the principal tubist with The United States Air Force Academy Band and group leader/music director of The Stellar Brass which has performed at The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators Convention, Texas Bandmaster Association Convention, Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association Convention, International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Tuba-Euphonium Association Convention, The United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop and The American Bandmasters Association Convention.

While at the Academy he was a member of the arranging staff creating over 150 arrangements and taught Finale for the Air Force. Later he was named Chief of the Band Support Division for The Air Force Public Affairs Association and led a team that created music compositions/arrangements, and managed music licensing and social media for all Air Force Bands and Public Affairs.

He has been featured on over 32 video and audio recording projects and performed live for over 50 million people worldwide. He has performed more than 40 times on TV including PBS, Fox and Friends, and The Armed Forces Network.

He was previously the instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Colorado State University-Pueblo, was a member of the faculty at The Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, and was Director of Bands at Louise ISD.

Gary is an artist/clinician for the Eastman Music Company.



  • Tuba and Euphonium Instruction
  • Low Brass Performance Literature
  • Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

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