Earl Gately has had extensive performing experience in such diversified areas as jazz festivals, featuring such artists as Ernie Krivda, Dennis Diblasio, Anthony Garcia, John Fedchock, etc., two full-time symphony orchestras, many combos, and big bands. Prior to his retirement in 2003, he taught at Western Illinois University, Bradley University, and Knox College. Briefly summed up, Earl has a complete range of musical experience and continues actively as a performer. His students have worked with many great artists such as Herbie Mann and Arturo Sandoval. Several are now in military service bands, and many have gone into music education.