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John Wesley Gibson

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John Wesley Gibson


John Wesley Gibson (b. 28 February 1946, Dallas, Texas) is an American composer and educator.

Mr. Gibson holds degrees in theory, composition, and musicology from Texas Tech University, West Texas State, and the University of North Texas. Gibson studied composition with Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, Mary Snow, Merrill Ellis, William P Latham, Larry Austin, and Martin Mailman.

He taught junior high and high school band and orchestra in the Amarillo, Texas, public schools. He later taught composition at the University of North Texas and the University of Arizona, and was chairman of the music department at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He was Assistant Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he taught composition and music history.

Currently, Gibson is Creative Director for Development and External Affairs at Southern Methodist University. He is also the resident composer for the Dallas Winds. In addition to his works for band, Gibson has also composed music for orchestra, percussion ensemble, music theater, chorus and for solo instruments.

Works for Winds


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Gibson." Accessed 3 December 2014.
  • John Wesley Gibson website Accessed 26 June 2018
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 270.
  • Morse, Matthew C. "In Memory." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 207-214. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.