Gary Palmer has had a varied musical career. Originally from Wisconsin, he studied bass there with Dr. Joan Orvis and completed a Master's at the University of Iowa in Double Bass Performance. Upon completion of his degree, he became the Principal Bass with the Cedar Rapids Symphony where he stayed until 1997. In 2001 he became the Principal Bass with the Quad Cities Symphony until 2014. On the jazzy side of things, he has performed with the Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and Dick Jurgens orchestras. He was a member of the Paul Hemmer Solid Gold Swing Band, the UI Jazztet, the Bons Amigos Brazilian Jazz Trio. Presently he has a private studio where he teaches bass.