Garry (Joe) Hardin II has been active during his career as a performer, conductor, composer and church musician. After investing many years in churches of all sizes and leading instrumental ensembles at most of these, he is very passionate about the opportunity to put musical instruments to use in corporate worship by God’s people. He has served as a minister of music and an orchestra director and has also been a trumpet soloist in dozens of churches. Instrumental and Jazz studies at Southwestern opens the door to exciting avenues in modern worship. As director of the Southwestern Seminary Chapel Orchestra and the instrumental and jazz department, he wants to see modern musicians seek excellence in the service of our Lord.
He was a second-place finalist in the 1985 International Trumpet Guild Competition, performed with the Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music Orchestra as a “Concerto-Aria” competition winner and has been an addition to the program of several school and community band concerts. He was assistant pincipal trumpet of the Johnson City Symphony (TN) and has played with the Irving Symphony (TX), Mesquite Symphony (TX), Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic, Metro Brass Ensemble (finalists in the 1988 Summit Brass International Brass Ensemble Competition), Cincinnati Brass Band, and Rococo Group brass trio. He appeared as Lead Trumpeter on the Live PBS telecast Daniel O’Donnell: Live from Branson in 2004 and has played with the Les Brown Band of Renown (Branson, MO), the Boone (NC) Big Band, the Dave Rice Dance Band (Branson, MO), the Branson All-Star Big Band, and the Swingfield Jazz Orchestra (Springfield, MO). He’s had the opportunity to perform onstage with musicians such as Bobby Shew, Herbie Mann, Hod O’Brien, Stephanie Nakasian and Todd Johnson.
His orchestral composition The Vagrant’s Dance received the honor of being selected as the annual student composition performed by the CCM Philharmonia. Other compositions include Fanfare Perpetuo, premiered by the CCM trumpet ensemble at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 1994 and several works premiered at the Music 97, Music 98 and Music 99 festivals in Cincinnati. He was also active in the field of electro-acoustic composition performing on several of CCM’s Sonic Explorations concerts. In 2004, College of the Ozarks commissioned him to write a choral work for the dedication of the new Gittinger Music Center. Most recently, Dr. Hardin has composed a new song entitled “As You Go,” which highlights the seminary motto taken from Matthew 10:7.
As a former faculty member at College of the Ozarks (MO), Dr. Hardin directed the Jazz Ensemble and the C of O Community Band, providing music for a number of community convocations hosting guests such as Gen. Colin Powell, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hon. Ken Starr, Hon. J. C. Watts, Hon. Robert Gates, Hon. Bob Dole, Gen. Tommy Franks, Hon. Caspar Weinberger, Tom Brokaw and Mike Krzyzewski. Three of those years were also spent as director of music for the campus chapel. He has appeared as guest conductor of the 4th Army Reunion Band as well as being in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. He was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America. Current and past memberships include Pi Kappa Lambda, the Texas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, International Trumpet Guild, International Association for Jazz Education, and the College Band Directors National Association.