The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band
Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios
Name: Gayle Weiss
Gayle Weiss picked up where she left off 48 years ago when she joined the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. She started out playing piano in Wilson, North Carolina, at age nine, then learned to play the clarinet as a freshman in the Charles L. Coon High School Band. “I joined the high school band because most of my friends did and I like music,” she explains.
She began playing piano “because my Aunt Baby fascinated me by her piano playing (by ear). Unfortunately, I did not inherit that ability from her.” Gayle has continued to play piano throughout her life, and has been known to fill in on keyboards for her husband Mike’s classic rock band at times.
Gayle has lived in Colorado, off and on, since 1964, and has made her home in Gunbarrel for the last 24 years. She was originally trained to be a chemistry teacher at Duke University, “ but they wouldn’t hire me as a teacher in Durham (NC) because I had a newborn or in Boulder in the ‘60’s because I didn’t have a master’s degree!”
Her last occupation in Boulder was as a customer service/title examiner at First American Heritage Title Company in Boulder. She also worked as a data analyst for the Cloud Physics Group at NCAR from 1965 to 1969. “I only worked between and after children so really don’t have a professional legacy,” she says.Gayle’s favorite song is In the Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, “My parents were great jitterbuggers and they listened to a lot of swing music when I was growing up. They kept a box of 78 rpm records under their bed, which I played often. They (my parents) taught me how to dance.”
Her Favorite experience in band was a train trip to Wilmington, (N.C.) in 1958 to play in the Azalea Festival Parade.
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