of Andrew Hill high school in 1981, Gus earned his BA in Jazz performance
from San Jose State University in 1989 and his MA in jazz composition
from Washington State University in 2001. He is currently the director
of Jazz Studies at West Valley College.
Prior to his current appointment, Gus was a full time faculty member
at Washington State University teaching bass, rock history, music education,
electronic music and vocal jazz ensemble. While on the faculty at Washington
State, he performed throughout the northwest with Crosscurrent and Jazz
Gus is an active adjudicator/ clinician and has worked for the Gene
Harris Jazz festival, the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, the Cuesta College
Jazz Festival, the Kelowna B.C, Jazz festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz
Festival, and the Diablo Valley College Jazz Festival.
As a bassist Gus has performed with Beach Blanket Babylon, Princess
Cruises, Jazz Northwest, Theaterworks, Kings Entertainment, Sylvia Cuenca,
The Mod Squad and many others. Walrus Music Inc., and Sound Music publications
publish his original compositions and arrangements.