J. Cirt Gill
Cirt Gill is a graduate of the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Music Education. Starting in 1984, he began as a Band Director in the Greensboro City Schools and eventually in the Guilford County Schools. Gill has directed Marching Bands, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Pep Bands, at different schools in numerous concerts and performances. From 2003-2015 he taught Music Production at the Weaver Academy for performing and Visual Arts.
Prior to his teaching career, Cirt Gill 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. Gill worked with bands that were opening acts for artists that include: Earth Wind, & Fire, Eddie Kendricks, Confunkshun, Brick, The Spinners, The Manhattans, Archie Bell, Millie Jackson, Candi Staton, Bobby Womack, and Melba Moore.
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 since then.
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