Mr. Rudy Gilbert
Director of Bands
North Gwinnett High School
Mr. Gilbert is currently in his 24th year of teaching as the Director of Bands at North Gwinnett High School. He is also the High School Band Lead Teacher for the Gwinnett County Public Schools and has been elected to serve GMEA as the Band Division Chair in 2019-2021.
Bands under his direction have earned numerous awards at the national and regional levels. They have performed at the GMEA Annual In-Service Conference in 2007 and the University of Georgia January High School Music Festival in 2005, 2010 and 2012. First place honors were awarded to bands under his direction at national festivals held in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando and Atlanta.
Mr. Gilbert holds a position on the staff of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music having completed eight highly successful European tours. Prior to his appointment at NGHS, Mr. Gilbert was the Director of Bands at Norcross High School (2001-2011) and at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia (1996-2001).
Mr. Gilbert is honored to have been named the 2008-2009 Norcross High School Teacher of the Year. He was presented the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in January 2005, 2007 and 2010 and was inducted into the Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in March 2006. He remains an active clinician of honor bands and adjudicator of performances across the Southeastern United States. Mr. Gilbert has served GMEA in District I as the Band Division Chair, Honor Band Organizing Chair, First Round Audition Chair, and in District 13 as the Band Division Chair, First Round Audition Chair and Honor Band Organizing Chair.
Mr. Gilbert is a native of Mandeville, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in 1991 and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994. He has studied conducting with Professor Thomas L. Dvorak at UWM and Professor Frank B. Wickes at LSU and studied percussion with Dr. John Raush at LSU. Mr. Gilbert remains sincerely appreciative of his first band directors, Mr. John Gilmer at Collierville Middle School in Collierville, Tennessee and Mr. Doug Bergeron at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana.
He and his wife Amanda, an Assistant Principal at Collins Hill High School reside in Suwanee and are proud to be part of the North Gwinnett High School community.