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Gary McFarland Edit Profile

composer , jazz musician

Gary Mcfarland, American composer. Recipient Best New Composer award Down Beat magazine, 1963. Served with Army of the United States, 1954-1955.; Member A.F.T.R.A., A.S.C.A.P., American Federation Musicians.


Mcfarland, Gary was born on October 23, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Bovy Eugene and Mary Mildred (Fillion) Mcfarland.


Student of University Oregon, 1952-1953, Berklee School Music, U. Oregon, fall 1955, 59, Los Angeles City College, fall 1956, E. Los Angeles Junior College, spring 1957, San Jose City College, fall 1957, spring 1958.


1 son, Milo. Musical director/conductor Downbeat Jazz Festival, Chicago, 1965. Conductor University of California at Los Angeles Jazz Festival, 1967. Co-director television music production company, Composers’ Collaborative.

Composed, orchestrated jazz ballet Reflections in the Park, 1964. Composed, orchestrated, conducted Profile, concert contemporary music, 1966. Recording artist for Impulse Skye records.

Composer film score 13, 1966, Sole Art, 1967. Composer special arrangements numerous jazz musicians. Co-founder Willie Dennis Memorial Scholarship, 1966.

Founder Gary McFarland Student Scholarship, 1967.


  • He attained a small following after working with Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, and Anita O'Day.


Served with Army of the United States, 1954-1955. Member A.F.T.R.A., A.S.C.A.P., American Federation Musicians.


Married Gail Evelyn Frankel, October 13, 1963.

Bovy Eugene Mcfarland

Mary Mildred (Fillion) Mcfarland

Gail Evelyn Frankel