Dr. Gretchen Bowles, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is currently the Director of Bands and Strings at Hanahan High School in Hanahan, South Carolina. She holds her undergraduate degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, her Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from George MasonUniversity, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Southern Mississippi. Since moving to the Charleston area, Dr. Bowles has also taught band and strings at the Daniel Island School, and she taught elementary general music in the Charleston County School District. She maintains membership in SC Music Educators Association, SC Band Directors Association, Woman Band Directors International, International TubaEuphonium Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Fraternity for Woman in Music.
Dr. Bowles has worked as a brass clinician, adjudicator,and marching band instructor throughout the Low Country, the Midwest, the Eastern Seaboard, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. She has maintained an active private brass studio since 1992, and has spent summers as the euphonium/trombone instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in TwinLakes, Michigan. As a performer she has played at the opening of the Spoleto Festival, and performed in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the New York Brass Conference, multiple International Tuba Euphonium Conferences around the world, and the United States Army Band Conference in Washington DC. Her Tuba Quartet finished second at both the Colonial Euphonium Tuba
Institute in Albany NY and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Minneapolis, MN. As a soloist Dr. Bowles has been a finalist in numerous international solo euphonium competitions, most notably the CETI in Albany, NY and ITEC in Riva del Garda Italy. She has also been invited to
audition for the US Marine Band, the US Army Field Band, and the US Army Band at WestPoint. She is an active euphonium and trombone player, and performs with various orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles around the low country and the state.
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