Gabe Musella (b. 1963, Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American composer and educator.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, he holds a B.M. in Composition and M.M. in Conducting. His primary teachers at Tech were the late James Sudduth, Mary Jeane van Appledorn, David Payne, and Keith Bearden. In recent years, he has benefited greatly from the guidance and mentoring of distinguished music educators Tom Bennett, Joe Dixon, Eddie Green, Philip Geiger, Rodney Klett, and Rick Lambrecht. He has taught for over twenty years in the Texas public school system. He is currently in his eighth year as director of bands at Spring High School in Spring, Texas. He has previously taught in the Lubbock-Cooper, Canyon, and Lubbock independent school districts. Mr. Musella’s bands have earned UIL Sweepstakes in eight separate varsity and non-varsity categories. They have performed at The Midwest Clinic and the BOA National Concert Band Festival, and have been finalists in the TMEA Honor Band competition, UIL State Marching Contest, and BOA Super — Regional in San Antonio. The Spring Band program has the distinct honor of garnering three consecutive invitations to perform at the The Midwest Clinic from 2008 to 2010, and they were the subjects of a featured article in the November 2010 issue of The Instrumentalist. A frequent clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas, he has presented sessions at TBA, TMEA, The Southern Regional Music Conference, and Midwest. He has served on the UIL Sight-Reading and Music Advisory Committees.
Mr. Musella is also an active composer with works for band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, and chamber groups published by RBC, TRN, Kjos, C. Alan, and Boosey & Hawkes. He has received commissions from outstanding bands and honor groups including the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble, the ATSSB All-State Band, the UIL Sight-Reading project, and several TMEA region bands. His compositions have been performed at major music conferences in the United States and abroad. Mr. Musella currently has works on the UIL Prescribed Music List for band and orchestra in Texas and similar lists in Louisiana, Virginia, and Australia.
He is the recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award and a Reviewer’s Choice Award from The Instrumentalist for his compositionMcKamy Variations. He has been honored as a Spring ISD Distinguished Educator on many occasions. His affiliations include ASCAP, TMEA, TBA, TMAA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, and the Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp where he has served as a staff member consecutively since 1985. He is a background vocalist for the “shoo-bop” group JC and The Cruisers.
Works for Winds
- Asénet (2015)
- Chorale Prelude for June (2019)
- Cinematic Scenes on a Civil War Tune (2010)
- The Coventry Carol (as arranger) (2018)
- Don Hanna (2015)
- Don Ricardo (2006)
- Journey of Yan Si Meng, The
- Journey to the Summit
- Rock of Ages
- Silver Eagles Take Flight
- A Thousand Hearts to Give (2019)
- Valleyview Spirits
- We Three Groovin' Kings
- Weeds (as arranger)
- Musella Music Accessed 22 December 2019