Boulder Concert Band Emcee is Multi-Talented

Jeff Gagliardi might very well be the most popular member of the Boulder Concert Band. Appreciated by audiences and band members alike, Jeff's journey to Boulder Concert Band emcee has been extraordinary.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jeff studied art and design at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. While in school he worked some interesting jobs in the city, including parking cars in midtown, working in Macy's toy department during the Christmas season, and doing night shifts as a cab driver, where he taught himself to play blues harmonica between fares. Jeff considers all of these jobs to be "great 'low-stress' experiences that he cherishes," he says with a wink.

After moving to Boulder in January of 1976, he met the love of his life, Nanci, and they married in 1978 on Thanksgiving Day. Jeff worked many different jobs over the years but his main career has always been as a graphic designer. Jeff and Nanci raised three lovely children and recently become grandparents. They now live in a home they designed and built in the mountains outside of Lyons. Although they were displaced for a short time, they made it through the floods with no major problems, and Jeff and Nanci are now back in their home sweet home.

Although he's pretty well known locally, most Boulder Concert Band and audience members aren't aware that Jeff is also a musician, though he modestly reveals that he "only" plays by ear. As a blues harmonica player, Jeff has performed professionally with many groups over the past decade, most recently with the Felonious Smith Blues Band.

Jeff's passion for fine art is as a painter, but he is best known for the art he does on the Etch-A-Sketch.

Jeff continues to work as a graphic designer but by far his main passion is in his work as the senior pastor of AspenGrove Fellowship in Lafayette. "I've had many interests and passions, but only one calling," Jeff says.

His invitation to emcee for the Boulder Concert Band actually came as a very pleasant surprise to Jeff.

"I really enjoy working with the Boulder Concert Band and I'm honored that they've welcomed me as one of their own," Jeff commented. "I have the highest respect for the music they do and the discipline it takes. The idea that they'd let me clown around onstage while they do serious art is kind of humbling."

"Or maybe they just can't hear what I'm saying out front - I don't know," he laughs. "But I hope to continue this lovely relationship for as long as they'll have me."

Jeff's painting of Chinatown above, titled "With Neil on Mott Street" To see more of his paintings, go to http://www.etch-a-sketchartist.com/paintings/

Jeff has been interviewed by the national media (including "Good Morning America") about his intricate Etch-A-Sketch drawings. Here's his drawing of the Mona Lisa. To see more of his Etch-A-Sketch drawings, go to www.JeffSketch.com.

Meet Jeff Gagliardi, Emcee

How long have you been in the Boulder Concert Band?
This will be my second year.

What is your occupation?
I am now semi-retired but made my living in graphic design.

What is the most recent concert you've attended?
Acoustic Hot Tuna at the Boulder Theater.

What is the most recent book you've read?
Destiny of the Republic (about the assassination and short presidency of James Garfield).

What is your favorite meal?
To paraphrase Will Rogers; "I've never met a meal I didn't like."

What is your favorite movie?
There are so many. I should say something sophisticated like Citizen Kane but in truth it's more like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.