About Us

Robert Gabriel

President, Gabriel Songs. Performer, Music Teacher. 

 

Rob has been a part on the Washington, DC music scene for close to forty years. His formal education sent him to Richmond, VA to study at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon returning to his home in northern Virginia. He performed and booked just about every band he played with. He formed soul, rockabilly, classic rock, swing, classic country bands and was the driving force behind The Spoilers, a 'swing-a-billy' band that produced a CD that was received with rave reviews and critical acclaim. Rob is passionate about music – and its power to inspire, empower, bring joy, and even change lives.
Rob has recently retired from performing. With nearly forty years of experience and knowledge, Rob, through this nonprofit and its network of volunteer teachers, now provides free musical
instruments and lessons to those who would not have the opportunity to experience the power and joy of creating music.

 

 

Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel 

Music Advisor for Gabriel Songs.

 

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36 year military career, at which time he was awarded his third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country.

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He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. Upon his retirement, Col. Gabriel served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1985 to 1995, as Conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and as Chairman, Department of Music for eight of those years. In recognition of his ten years of service to the university, he was named Professor Emeritus of Music.

 

A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division in Europe during WW II, Gabriel received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the European, African, Mediterranean Campaign Medal with two stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was named “Conductor Emeritus” of the 257th Army Band in 2010 and the 29th Infantry Division band in 2015.

 

Following his separation from the Army in 1946, Gabriel enrolled in Ithaca College, where he earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Music Education. In 1989, his alma mater conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Music degree and in 1997, he was further honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic presented Col. Gabriel its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award and the United States Air Force presented him the Exceptional Service Award for his remarkable contributions as a civilian from March 1985 to December 2014.

 

Colonel Gabriel served as the Past President of the American Bandmasters Association, and is also listed in the International Who ‘s Who in Music, 7th edition.  Col. Gabriel’s professional honors include the very first Citation of Excellence awarded by the National Band Association, the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic’s Gold Medal of Honor and its Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s New Millennium Lifetime Achievement Award and its rarely presented National Citation for “significant contributions to music in America”, Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Beta Mu’s Outstanding Contribution to Bands Award, and the St. Cecilia Award from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Col. Gabriel was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors, becoming the youngest person ever to have received this honor, and was an inaugural inductee to the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame of Cortland High School in Cortland, New York. In 2008, the US Air Force Band dedicated the Arnald D. Gabriel Hall in his honor, and Bands of America inducted Col Gabriel into its Hall of Fame. Col. Gabriel has performed in all 50 of the United States and in 50 countries around the world.

 

In addition to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, among the hundreds of major orchestras and bands he has conducted are the Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Memphis, Florida, Glendale (California), Green Bay (Wisconsin), York and Williamsport (Pennsylvania), Fairfax (Virginia), Puerto Rico, and Tatui Sao Paulo (Brazil), symphony orchestras, the Carabiniere Band and the Air Force Band (Italy), the Band of the Royal Netherlands Marines, the Royal Hellenic Band (Greece), the Staff Music Corps (Bonn, Germany), the National Band of the Canadian Forces (Ottawa), The Dallas Wind Symphony, the Gamagori Band and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (Japan).

Col. Gabriel was named Music Director Emeritus of the McLean (VA) Orchestra for his outstanding leadership from 1986 to 2002. Col. Gabriel continues to appear as clinician at major state, regional, and university music festivals and guest conducts outstanding school, college, municipal, and military bands as well as orchestras around the world. 

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Paul Vout

Treasurer, Gabriel Songs. Performer, Music Teacher

Originally from Annandale, VA Paul Vout has been a songwriter and musician for over thirty years. Studying music composition, piano, and guitar under renowned teachers Paul went on to play and record with many bands and musicians over the years. Paul was the creator and Executive Producer of the hit TV show Video Soundcheck, a creative outlet for Washington, D.C. area bands and has done commercial work for businesses and non-profit organizations alike. As a teacher and co-founder of Gabriel Songs, Paul is dedicated to enabling students to experience music in a unique and dynamic way.  

 

As Treasurer Paul brings many years of professional finance expertise to Gabriel Songs. In his former role as Director of Cybersecurity at Integrio Technologies Paul ran an $11M line of business and managed a team of 12 engineers. Paul believes that tight budget management and flexible income strategies help ensure organizations survive and thrive amid changing economic conditions. 

Tristan Shaffer

Secretary, Gabriel Songs. Performer, Music Teacher 

 

During his time at University of South Carolina, Tristan was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and the Carolina Gentlemen, the University's oldest a capella group. He has performed in a variety of ensembles including concert bands, marching bands, rock bands, and pop-up gigs.

Tristan has been actively involved in music organizations most of his high school and college life and studied under several distinguished music educators, including Roy C. Holder. He is a firm believer in music's ability to enrich lives, and is always seeking opportunities to inspire positive change through music. Tristan's role at Gabriel Songs is a valuable addition to our growing team.

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Carly Joan Gabriel, Social Media Manager.
Carly is a student studying fashion management and marketing. Carly is a valuable asset to Gabriel Songs keeping us relevant on various social media platforms and keeping our followers updated on what Gabriel Songs is doing in the community. 

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