|About J.Cirt Gill,III
Cirt Gill has been involved with music since starting piano at the age of 6. His father,
John Cirt Gill, Jr was a pioneer in radio as the 1st Black Disc Jockey at WGBG radio
station in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1949-1960. The elder Gill was
known on the air as "Jam-A-Ditty" and is still remembered today.
Cirt's mother, Margaret Gill, was a Jr. High School Chorus teacher for 34 years. 25 of
those years were at Lincoln Jr. High in Greensboro, NC. Margaret Gill started and directed
the Men's Choir at St. James Presbyterian Church for 25 years. She also directed the Fred Huntley
Choir at Shiloh Baptist Church for a number of years along with successfully directing Hand Bell
Choirs at both churches. Margaret Gill continued to play organ for Mid Week Prayer Service at
St. James Presbyterian until her death on April 2, 2008.
Cirt Gill is graduate of the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
in 1973 with a degree in Music Education. He worked as a Band Director in the Greensboro City
Schools and the Guilford County School system since 1984, working with band students from
the 4th grade to the 12th grade. Cirt has directed Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep
Band,and a Steel Drum Band at different schools, in numerous concerts and performances.
He taught Music Production at the Weaver Academy for the Performing & Visual Arts
in Greensboro, NC from 2003 until 2015. He is a member of National Association of Music
Educators, The Central District Band Masters Assoc.,Local 342 of the American Federation of
Musicians. Cirt also has publishers affiliation with BMI (Greengiels Music).
Gill has performed in bands as a trumpet player and as a bass player since the age of 15. He has
performed on tours in Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Newfoundland,
Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Montreal Canada; as well as, working in North Carolina, Virginia,
West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Cirt Gill was a member of regional bands that had
a great core of loyal fans in North Carolina and neighboring states. He has performed with:
The Jazz Ambassadors, The Eleventh Hour, Chocolate Funk, The Majors, and The Jimmy Person
Quintet.He worked in bands that were opening acts for artists that include: Earth, Wind, & Fire,
Eddie Kendricks, Confunkshun, Brick, The Spinners, The Manhattans, Archie Bell, Millie
Jackson, Melba Moore, The Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack, and more.
In 1985, Cirt Gill was cast as a "Juke Joint Musician" in the movie, The Color Purple.
He auditioned as a trumpet player and was selected by Quincy Jones for the part. Gill had the
opportunity to be directed by Steven Spielberg and got a chance to work with Whoppi Goldberg,
Laurence Fishburne, Margaret Avery, Margaret Freeman, and Oprah Winfrey. His first song,
"You Can Never Go Back" was recorded in 1976 and he has continued producing music to the