Gareth Montanarello was born in Meriden, Connecticut and began playing double bass at age 17 after studying cello for 11 years. His primary teachers have included Michael Kazepides- (Principal Bass, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra); John Ebinger- (Phoenix Symphony Orchestra); Philip Alejo (University of Arizona); and Will Goble of Jason Marsalis’ Vibes Quartet, with whom he partakes in jazz studies.
Additionally, 9 years of guitar have led him to study with such players as Valley great Devo Carillo and jazz guitarist Jerry Rulon-Maxwell. With these teachers, he quickly excelled as a blues and jazz guitarist and gave performances throughout the Valley, most notably with the band of Thomas Oliver and Hotfoot.
Currently, Gareth is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Music- Double Bass Performance, and has been offered a full-scholarship to the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. He maintains a position in the Chandler Symphony and Chamber orchestras, groups with whom he has performed such orchestral masterpieces as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikvosky’s Nutcracker, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphonies 31, 25 and 40. As an avid proponent of historically-accurate performance, Gareth has participated in several Valley performances of the works of J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Haydn and George Frideric Handel. His classical studies have also led him to perform at the esteemed Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
As a jazz musician, Gareth has performed as a guitarist, bassist, and banjoist at the Nash and the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival with the jazz bands and combos of Highland High School and Scottsdale Community College.