Gerald J. Guilbeaux
A member of the Lafayette Concert Band since its inception in 1982, Gerald Guilbeaux has been the Conductor/Music Director of the band since 1993. He is also the founder and conductor of the Acadian Wind Symphony, a select 50 piece wind ensemble which performs during the summer months and at special events. Under his direction, the Lafayette Concert Band became the 1999 recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll, an international award recognizing excellence in adult community bands, administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the Acadian Wind Symphony was awarded the 2021 American Prize for Community Bands.
He is a nationally recognized advocate for adult community bands and currently serves as Vice-President/Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Mr. Guilbeaux is an active guest conductor and adjudicator, serves on the Selection Committee for the Sudler Silver Scroll and is the administrator and assistant conductor of the Sousa Foundation’s National Community Band. He is Past-President of the Association of Concert Bands and served as Publications Coordinator and Editor of the ACB JOURNAL. He has twice been awarded the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association and received the Diploma of the Order of Merit by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has served as Chair of the Associate Member Committee of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and served as a member of the Board of Directors of ABA. He most recently was awarded the 2021 American Prize in Conducting - Community Band Division.
He is proud father of three daughters, Amy, Lynn and Chrissy. Granddaughters, Carly and Cameryn O’Quain, Addison Thompson, Lily Bone and grandsons Lucien Bone IV and Mark and Henry Thompson add tremendous joy to his life.