Gary Clancy Memorial Fund
spread music. spread joy.
MCMA is committed to helping all students unlock their creative potential and express themselves through music, regardless of their ability to pay. Since the school was founded in January 2012, we have offered over 120 scholarship awards totaling $75,000 to committed students to pursue their music education. MCMA now raises $25,000 annually to support committed music students during our academic semester and summer programs. We are honored to recognize one of our founding faculty in this memorial fund set up to help fulfill MCMA’s mission to allow any dedicated student to study music regardless of financial constraint.
Gary clancy memorial fund
Gary was born in Troy, New York on November 12, 1951. As a young musician in the 60s and early 70s, Gary had an illustrious career touring the east coast, sharing the stage with or opening for many renowned national acts (garyclancy.wixsite.com/gary-clancy/old-skool-
Gary became the owner/music director of the “Dr. Music” program from June 1985 until June 2004, bringing music students to a higher level of playing and education. From June 1985 until 2013 Gary was a music educator/private instructor teaching a variety of instruments and music related topics at Northern Kingdom Music.
As owner of FNA Recording productions and Rosewood Recording Studio from July 1988 to October 2000 in Bremen, Maine, Gary created and produced a variety of multimedia recordings for TV, radio, film, and CD release. He also served as an adjunct professor of jazz and contemporary music at University of Maine in Augusta and Rockland starting in 1987, teaching the music business curriculum, guitar, bass and ensembles.
Shortly after Midcoast Music Academy was founded in 2012, founder Tom Ulichny received a phone call from an unknown number. On the other end of the line was Gary- a lifelong musician and UMaine faculty member in the music department who cut his teeth touring and gigging, recording, producing, writing, and teaching music. He had run across an ad Tom had placed seeking students and faculty members for a new, contemporary music school in Rockland. He was curious about this new school and wanted to meet Tom.
Upon entering Midcoast Music Academy for the first time, Gary looked around at the small, 400-square foot studio that had one waiting room, one lesson room, and a handful of instruments scattered about to help fill in the corners- and he simply grinned.
Tom and Gary spoke about educational philosophy, swapped stories from the road, shared a few laughs about the good old days of how music used to be. Almost immediately, they agreed about how imperative it is to create a safe and welcoming environment so that any student could realize their potential to explore, create, fail in order to succeed, and in all ways embrace and communicate through the world's universal language, which is music. On a handshake, Midcoast Music Academy truly started that day with its first faculty member.
Gary Clancy loved MCMA from the first day he walked through the door. He believed in Tom during moments of doubt and stress, tears and desperation. Gary poured such love and unwavering support into the crazy idea to start a school from scratch with nothing else but heart and belief.
Reflections from some of Gary’s students may best tell the story of a life well lived:
“It is with a heavy heart that I learn about the passing of a man who transformed my life.” “He ignited a lifelong passion for the guitar and music in general.” “I’m not sure you ever knew the gravity of the true impact you’ve had on others.” “Musical Mentors are more than teachers... They are planters of seeds that will bear the fruit of their musical legacy long after they leave us...” “One of the greatest men to ever touch my life. And it didn’t matter where you fell on the musical knowledge scale Gary never made you feel inferior.” “Gary taught me that sometimes as in life the wrong notes are the right choices to get to where you want to be.” “He pushed my creativity instead of my technicality. I will always hold my time with him close to my heart.” “He ushered in countless non-traditional musicians into the UMA music program with grace, patience and wisdom. He was able to gently push us to expand our boundaries.” “Inclusive of everyone at all levels. An amazing teacher and beautiful human being.”
Gary Clancy will be missed. His music is in the air, his lessons are in the walls.
As a founding faculty member of Midcoast Music Academy, Gary’s passion for music and education will live on through the Gary Clancy Memorial Scholarship Fund. This will help fulfill the mission of allowing any dedicated student to study music regardless of financial constraint.
Midcoast Music Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.