Public Relations Manager - Gary Shoemaker
Gary Shoemaker is a founding member of the Prince William Community Band and served as President from October 1999 through June 2008. He currently serves as the Public Relations Manager.
Gary was born in Alexandria, Virginia, raised just south in the Wellington area, and attended public schools in Fairfax County. He began playing the trumpet in fifth grade at Hollin Hall Elementary School and continued at Stephen Foster Intermediate School. In September 1973 Gary was one of only five freshmen to audition and make the Fort Hunt High School symphonic band, which had just won the 1972 World Cup competition in Vienna, Austria. Gary was the trumpet soloist during his junior and senior years, was first chair trumpet in the district band, and is a Virginia All-State Band alumni. He continued his music education at James Madison University and participated in the marching, pep, and concert bands. However, after college, the trumpet was put in the case for 15 years waiting for the opportunity to once again be heard. In June 1996, Gary saw a small article announcing the Prince William Community Band’s first rehearsal; so he took his trumpet from its case and became one of the band’s charter members. He also served as the Principle Trumpet for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, and is now a member of the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra and PWCB Brass Ensemble.
Gary is a 36-year Federal employee and is a Senior Analyst for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness and efficiencies of the FMCSA’s programs and grants totaling nearly $660 million.
Along with music, Gary’s passion is his volunteer work with Greyhound Rescue, Inc. As part of their Virginia Connection, he, and the love of his live, Jenifer, work to promote greyhound adoption through meet-&-greets, performing during the Virginia Renaissance Faire, and anytime they are out on the town with their “pack”. Together, they have personally adopted 12 retired racers, and fostered and placed many more. They currently live in Dale City, Virginia and currently care for three retired racers, one rescued cat, a rescued Moluccan Cockatoo and a rescued horse. There are times when it is not clear who is in charge!