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STOKESI was raised in the shadow of the great Cahokia Mounds in East St. Louis, Illinois. Through the spirit of that ancient American Indian site, along with my ancestry within the Klamath Native American Nation, I developed an interest in indigenous tribal culture that would follow me for life.

As a professional jazz musician for more than two decades, I am focusing my artistic efforts today on developing the distinct sounds of the Native American-style flutes, and producing meaningful multicultural music programs for school children.

My musical influences came from listening to some of the finest jazz and rhythm and blues musicians in the country in the local clubs and after hours “private clubs” in and around East St. Louis, Ill. My first paid gig was at the Faust Club beneath the Eads Bridge crossing the Mississippi River. St. Louis was the crossroads for many musicians and their styles of music, including my own.

My alternate career was with the San Diego Unified School District in Southern California (1975-2012) where I pioneered the district's integration of computer technology into its music curricula in 1991 and served the Visual and Performing Arts Department as Artist in Residence and Consultant.

Please take a moment to review my material and CONTACT me below for more information about bringing my music program and live performance to your school or organization for an informative cultural presentation.

Respectfully,

GARY STOKES
California Certificated Teacher Credential, Certified NCLB, CLAD

EAST ST. LOUIS, A CULTURAL HISTORY

By Omar Rex Canty

Gary Stokes is amazing!

Who is that white cat with the massive Afro up there on stage? Where did that cat learn to play music like that? Where did he learn and earn his chops?

That young man mastered the concept of the presentation in his head immediately when he was told what the next number would be.

And here is something we saw only with people like Freddie Washington, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, David Hines, Oscar Peterson or Eugene Johnson.

Normally, when the soloist takes his lead the genre will determine the number of bars he has. As a rule, it should be a minimum of eight bars or sixteen max when a soloist is part of a big band where a number of fellows will take a solo. Occasionally sixteen bars could be the norm. But Gary was among those few whose talents are so exceptional that they can take as many as the wish.

I saw Gary do a 64 bar solo as an accompanist for Jeanne Treavor, and then she had him repeat it! And she enjoyed it as much as we all did. Like all super greats, he had another talent that stood out from all the others.

Gary actually acousti-sized (sang) the notes as he played them into his flute on his solos. Later we heard cats imitating Gary’s technique in jazz clubs in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans, San Francisco and Jacksonville. In each case we asked each player where they learned that technique. To a person each stated that it originated in East S. Louis, Ill.

Gary, thank you for a magnificently original concept.

Thank you more for all your creativity, new discoveries and your signature contributions to the field of jazz.

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MISSION:

STOKES, GARYMy mission with garystokes.org is to share and perpetuate the preservation of Native American-style traditional music and to expose as many people as possible to the beautiful sounds, history and timeless melodies of the Native American Indian-style flute.

My ultimate goal is to present respectful musical performances that deepen the understanding and appreciation of Native American style music.

By performing within the educational environment, I hope to inspire students to explore and learn about the fascinating world of the Native American nations, their ageless music, culture and peoples.

TESTIMONIALS & AWARDS:

  • Outstanding Achievement Award by Mesa College: "Humanitarian of the Year."
  • "Best Jazz Group" San Diego Jazz, 88.3FM KSDS.
  • Preferred assembly list for the San Diego Unified School District's Visual and Performing Arts Department.
  • Served as a state panel member for the California Arts Council Artists in Residence Program Sacramento, California.
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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

AREA OF SPECIALTY:

Live performances and academic assemblies exploring the music, history and culture of American Indians through traditional flute playing, including professional jazz musician for both concert and club venues.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND & CERTIFICATIONS:

National University
California Certificated Teaching Credential Certified NCLB, CLAD

EDUCATIONAL WORK HISTORY:

San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, California
Certificated Technology Lab Teacher / IT Site Support / Staff Trainer
1997-2012

The arts were integrated into the Computer Lab environment by designing and implementing a 64 track-recording studio giving students the opportunity to create professional arts projects within the computer labs. Analytical skills were developed and implemented by introducing state of the art computer technologies. The general instruction curriculum was modified for special-needs students based on a variety of instructional techniques and technologies. Student-based, hands-on curriculum was created to promote student interest and receptive learning. Teacher in-service workshops provided teachers the skills needed to implement the curriculum in the lab into the classroom environment. Providing IT support to faculty and staff gave the teachers the skills needed to function in today’s world of technology.
Grants were written and monetary rewards were obtained through the grant writing process. The labs received both state and national recognition for its innovative approach to education.

San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA
Visual and Performing Arts Department
Music Consultant / Artist in Residence
1975-1996

Computer music labs were designed and implemented for grades three thru twelve introducing students to the art of music composition for video, theater and video games. All school assemblies were developed and performed introducing the integration of music and technology along with the history of multi-cultural music.
In-service workshops for district music teachers introduced the integration of technology within music and the arts.

Gary Music Co. San Diego, CA
Founder / Owner / Management
Retail Musical Instruments
1975-1996

Gary Music Co., located in Pacific Beach, CA., served the beach communities for two decades providing retail musical instruments, instruction and repair. The logo, “Operated by Musicians for Musicians” resulted in a successful business environment supported by the professional music community of San Diego.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Studying the Native American Flute.

MULTIMEDIA GALLERY:

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STOCK MUSIC, Jazz, Native American Flute Recordings:
Listen to and buy stock audio clips of original jazz and Native American Indian-style flute playing...

LISTEN TO: Prarie Panorama by Gary Stokes
Paudak Flute, Key F#m, New Age, Available as stock.

ARTICLES:

The Power of Myth (PDF)

PHOTO GALLERY BLOG:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE

Gary Stokes photographed during Native American Indian cultural assembly at a local San Diego elementary school, a Southern California...

Professional high-resolution photograph of Native American Indian-style flutes by famous American flute makers in North America

Collection of professional Native American Indian-style flutes played by Gary Stokes during his Southern California concert performances.

The pictured flutes, in a variety of keys and woods, were made by master flute makers: Laughing Crow, Odell Borg (Ojibwe), Mac Lopez.

Included are two drone flutes (keys of Am and Em) made from aromatic cedar and eastern red cedar; a cherry wood bass flute (key of D); a lightning struck poplar wood flute (key of Gm); a beautiful paudak flute (key of F#m); and a cedar flute (key of Fm).

GARY STOKES PLAYING JAZZ FLUTE LIVE PERFORMANCE

Gary Stokes historical archive, pictured performing in a live jazz concert, Blue Parrot, La Jolla, California.

I am more than happy to share my knowledge, professional tips and recommendations about how to research and purchase genuine, authentic Native American-style Indian flutes.

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PHONE: 619.283.9792

TESTIMONIALS:

I highly recommend this performance. Gary Stokes has put together a highly engaging and informative performance of traditional Native American music on handmade Native American Flutes. All performances are aligned with music, history and visual art curriculum standards.

Karen Childress-Evans EdD, Director
Visual and Performing Arts
San Diego Unified School District

We had Gary come to our school. He was wonderful, kids loved him and you get the opportunity to listen to the true history.

Muriel Bartolini, Principal
Crown Point Music Academy
San Diego Unified School District

To whom it may concern:

I highly endorse Mr. Gary Stokes' Native American assembly.

Gary presents a multi-modality lesson that is entertaining as well as educational. Our entire K-5 student population was highly engaged during a recent assembly. Teachers were absolutely thrilled with the content as well as the manner in which Gary kept the students' interest level.

His collection of musical instruments was extremely impressive, and the use of projections and videos while he played the wind instruments was very effective.

The school community appreciated how he incorporated important life and social skills lessons into the overall presentation! The kids absolutely loved the interactive nature of the assembly, especially being able to use the flutes and drums! When you book an assembly with Gary you get the dual benefits of having a teacher and artist all in one.

Marceline Marques, Principal
Benito Juarez School
San Diego, CA

Hancock Elementary School
San Diego, CA

Arlette Anquillano, 4th grade GATE teacher:

“Enlightening! He really was bringing us inside Native American culture through his music. He shared their beliefs and values. We really felt a connection to the culture through his music.”

O. Romero, 4th grade student:

“It was really awesome. He had so many flutes that sounded really cool and different. I like the videos of the Native American people he showed while he played. He also brought up interesting kids to play his instruments.”

T. Odom, 4th grade student:

“It was really cool how he wrote his own songs and had different flutes. He picked kids to play music, too!”

Kerri Calderon, Resource Teacher:

“What a wonderful experience for students and staff. Gary Stokes has really researched this topic and brings it alive for the audience. He is a very talented and gifted performer.”

Mac Lopez Master Flute Maker Whirlwind Studios :

“Good friend and gifted flute player Gary Stokes. Check out his video of school presentations and invite him to your child's school. Good job Gary."