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Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

music@uri.edu401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Gary Buttery

  • Artist/Teacher in Tuba & Euphonium
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Office Location: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


GARY BUTTERY has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Russia, and Germany as a soloist and clinician. Formerly the principal tubist in the United States Coast Guard Band, he is published by Theodore Presser and Cimarron Music.

He is a member of Alchemy (tuba-euphonium quartet), Finest Kind, and the Boston Festival Orchestra. Recent examples of his eclectic solo venues have included the University of Northern Colorado Tuba Symposium (Oct. 2004), 12th century churches in Germany, North German Brass Workshop in Jever (2005-2009), and the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport. Founder of URI’s Traditional Jazz Band specializing in American jazz and dance music of the early 20th century, he is a recording musician who has studied with leading tuba artists Roger Bobo, Don Harry, Gene Pokorny, Jack Robinson and Dan Perantoni.

He has performed with the Nebraska Wind Symphony, San Carlo Opera Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, the NBC Orchestra (Johnny Carson Show), and US Coast Guard Band, and has had numerous tuba works written for him, including Roger Kellaway’s Arcades I for tuba and piano, George Heussenstamm’s Dialogues for alto saxophone and tuba, Allen Blank’s Divertimento for tuba and band, Vaclav Nelhybel’s Concerto for Tuba, Arthur Kreiger’s Double Knot, and Eliane Aberdam’s Tziltzulim.

Besides his duties at URI, Mr. Buttery is Director of Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Connecticut College, Music Consultant at Brown University and directs the annual TubaChristmas events in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. His most recent composition, Yves Tanguy – Images In Sound, based on the artworks of the French/American Surrealist painter, Yves Tanguy, was premiered at Connecticut College.


  • Master of Music in tuba performance, music theory and composition, University of Northern Colorado
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Northern Colorado

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