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Pay no attention to the phone number... this is a screen shot from a local telethon that Gerald performed on a few years back. Rockabilly legend Carl Perkins was the host.Gerald McGuire is a native of Paris, Tennessee, where he began his musical training in the band program during the 5th grade. At E.W. Grove High School he played clarinet in the concert band, tenor sax in the jazz band, sang in the choir, and was a member of the All-West Tennessee Band during his senior year. 

He then attended Murray State University in nearby Murray, KY where he was a member of the marching and concert bands, the wind ensemble, clarinet choir, college choir, served as musical director for the 1970 production of Campus Lights (an annual musical program that raises scholarship funds for music majors), was director of the Phi Mu Alpha 'Men of Note' jazz band, served as an officer of the Gamma Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. 

Gerald taught band and chorus in the public school systems of Weakley Co., Tennessee and Fulton, Kentucky, before taking an interest in instrument repair while working in a retail music store while attending graduate school. He was able to re-connect with a former college roommate, Clarence Riley, who had attended Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City after graduating from Murray State. Clarence had completed a 48 week course in instrument repair at W.I.T. and had opened a store in his hometown of Mayfield, KY. Gerald apprenticed with Clarence for a year, learning all he could about the repair of both brass and woodwind instruments before opening his own repair shop in Paris. In 1978, Gerald had the opportunity to move to Jackson, TN to become the repair technician for Wallick Music Co. Although he began in the repair shop, Gerald eventually became the school road rep for Wallick's, and then the general manager. In all, Gerald worked for Houston & Hope Sipes for 28 years, until the store closed on July 7, 2006. He then made the decision to once again open his own independent repair shop, offering service including repads and overhauls on flutes and clarinets, repads on saxophones, and play condition repairs on all woodwind and brass instruments... from piccolos to sousaphones.

Gerald played bass clarinet for 24 seasons with The Jackson Symphony Orchestra, has played in the pit orchestra for numerous stage productions for the Jackson Theater Guild, University School of Jackson, and in Union City, TN, and was the musical director for the Jackson Theater Guild's production of Evita.

Gerald served as Director of Church Music for the Bemis United Methodist Church for 21 years, and has been the Choir Director of Malesus United Methodist Church since 2002.

Gerald is a charter member of the Jackson Area Community Bands, playing clarinet in the concert band, and was a co-founder of the jazz band. He served as director of the jazz band for 12 years (1996 - 2008).

Gerald has had the opportunity to perform in a back-up capacity with many well-known performers, including Charlie Rich, Minnie Pearl, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Carl Perkins, Chris Brubeck, The Four Tops, B.J. Thomas, Gladys Knight, Three Dog Night, Rich Little, Denise LaSalle, Alex Harvey, Stella Parton, actress Jennifer O'Neill, Jumpin' Gene Simmons, Miss America 1987: Kellye Cash, and Ray Charles. He played lead tenor sax in The Todd Hill Orchestra, a 16-piece big band performing in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky for several years.

Why 'The Saxdoctor'?
One of Gerald's good friends and customers, Ralph Thomas, plays professionally under the name Dr. Sax. As Gerald began doing repairs on Ralph's Selmer Paris alto, tenor, and soprano saxes, Ralph began referring to him as the Sax Doctor. At one time Ralph had a personalized license plate for his car that read "DR SAX" and Gerald had "SAX DR". Gerald's plate still hangs proudly in his shop.

Gerald has been married to Jennifer since graduating from college, and they have two grown daughters.

This is a cool picture that was on the cover of the Selmer Repair Parts Catalog in the 70's