USSBA and YEA! say goodbye to long-time employee

Tim Gallagher to return to his roots of music education

The US Scholastic Band Association and its extended family are sad to say goodbye to a long-time friend and colleague as he returns to New York State to re-launch his teaching career and spend more time with his family.

Tim Gallagher, USSBA Events Coordinator and the YEA! Transportation Coordinator, will see to the last details of the remaining two Drum Corps – An American Tradition shows on Aug. 5 and 8 before closing out his more than five-year career at Youth Education in the Arts. 

Gallagher came to the USSBA in September 2005 as an event assistant. Quickly, his talents for event coordination shined and Gallagher was tasked with coordinating all USSBA Regional and Championship events. He also managed the fleet of vehicles owned by YEA!, used during band season and for The Cadets rehearsals and Summer Tour. 

Tim departs the team with a heavy heart, knowing the half a decade with YEA! and the USSBA has brought him tremendous experience in running indoor and outdoor events, plus countless friends, colleagues and of course, memories! 

“There were so many, many times when we, as a team, rose to the occasion to help a band, a band member or a parent make it to the field to perform or see their kid perform in the big stadium, no matter where it was,” Gallagher said.  

But the distance from his family, and the yearning to get back into teaching, has prompted Gallagher to hang up his full-time event planning gig and help out on a part-time, as needed basis. 

“I still plan on working as Event Staff for the USSBA as much as possible, as well as lending a hand in stadium scouting, staff training and possibly even judging, if it is in the cards.” 

After graduating high school, Gallagher joined the U.S. Army in 1987 and performed as a member of the 26th U.S. Army band in Fort Devens, Mass., after training in Fort Dix, N.J., and the Army School of Music in Little Creek, Va. He took his final leave days in the Army to follow a dream – to perform in the 1990 Cadets of Bergen County! 

“I came in as a baritone player and moved to third soprano and a contra spot before the season ended,” Gallagher said. “It was one of the best experiences of my life. In many ways, it was harder than the military, but just as rewarding. I built life long relationships with many friends I still talk to today.” 

Following that season, Gallagher attended the Crane School of Music, receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a Performance Certificate majoring in bassoon. He taught music in several New York towns (Massena and Goshen) before finally settling in Odessa, N.Y., for 10 years. 

“My favorite memories? There are so many! Most of all, it’s when we came together to fix a problem or change a schedule to make it work. It might seem like a small thing to those kids and parents, but it is what makes the difference and shows how much we care about the experience people have about our events.” 

Courtney Beard, the USSBA’s current Band Relations/Customer Service Manager, will move into the role of USSBA Event Coordinator.

Pictured above: Tim Gallagher with his son, Patrick.

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