Gary Ofenloch is currently Principal Tubist of both the Utah Symphony and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. A native of Chicago, Mr. Ofenloch grew up admiring and studying with tubist Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, whose influence led him to set his sights on a musical career.
Mr. Ofenloch earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. While attending the conservatory he was a founding member of the Grammy Award winning New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, and was honored as a guest performer at the White House under President Gerald Ford.
In 1985 Mr. Ofenloch was chosen as soloist for the Boston Pops 100th Anniversary Tour with conductor John Williams. While on leave of absence from the Utah Symphony in 1989 Mr. Ofenloch was appointed Acting Principal Tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Most recently Mr. Ofenloch has performed with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has given masterclasses at The Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Longy School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Brevard Music Center, Boston Conservatory, Indiana University, Snow College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Brigham Young University.
Gary can be heard on many Utah Symphony, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops recordings, including the soundtrack to the movie, “Saving Private Ryan”. Additionally, he has toured with the Canadian Brass and performed on numerous chamber recordings, including the internationally acclaimed Empire Brass Quintet recording of “Gabrieli: Music for Brass”.
Now teaching at the University of Utah, he has also taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of Connecticut, Northwestern University, and Boston University, where he was Chairman of Winds, Brass, and Percussion.