Gary Langford: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Gary Langford

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.

I would like to nominate Gary Langford. Gary Langford is one of Gainesville most distinguished icons in the arts & music community. He has recently retired from the University of Florida and worked in the School of Music for 40 years.


Category: Arts

About Gary Langford

Occupation: School of Music

Years in Gainesville: 40+

Spouse: Elaine

Children: Jenny, Benji, Renee, Dionne

He has personally hand written many of the gator marching band former featured shows and he is currently a board member of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz. The list of other jobs and services Gary has performed in Gainseville is astonishing and he has literally helped define the Gator nation. Even the "Jaws" theme that is so often played and heard is one of those traditions that developed under Gary's watch. Gary also currently directs the Gainesville Youth Orchestra and now has his hand in developing some of the finest young classical musicians in the area. It is truly amazing how he has captivated so many so many aspects of the arts and brought them to the forefront of our wonderful community. Since his retirement, Gary is more active than ever and has been able to strongly participate in developing community outreach events, sponsorships, bands, jazz combos, as well as help develop the next generation of jazz musicians and community leaders. Personally speaking all would agree that Gary is a wonderful man and extremely well like by all of those in the community. With the aforementioned in mind, I think Gary Langford is the perfect candidate for the Spirit of Gainesville award!

Submitted by Scott Wilson


I have been involved in building the curriculum for the Institute for Learning In Retirement at Oak Hammock for the past seven years. The job has been made significantly easier by the willingness of many outstanding active and retired faculty members to share their knowledge and talent so generously with the seniors in our community who are life-long learners. No one has done this more generously and enthusiastically than has Gary Langford. During our fall term, which begins on October 1, Gary will be offering the fourth six session class on his comprehensive history of jazz, and has consented to be scheduled for the fifth six-session class during the fall, 2013 term. His talent is prodigious. His enthusiasm about his subject is contagious. His "students" leave each session with smiles on their faces and in their hearts as well as a deeper understanding of and appreciation for that uniquely American music called jazz.

I understand that Gary Langford has been nominated for a Spirit Award. I and the many, many people who have had the privilege of attending his ILR classes heartily endorse that nomination and consider him a most appropriate candidate for the award.

Walter Kalaf, Vice Chair

ILR Board of Directors

Former Chair,

ILR Curriculum Committee

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