Gary Koepke began his musical and performing career at the age of 8 when he began playing the violin and learning to be a ventriloquist. A few years later he began performing ventriloquism at children's parties and was asked to be a part of the Detroit Youth Symphony Orchestra. By his sophomore year of high school Gary had won several international ventriloquist competitions and became the concertmaster of his haigh school orchestra. Around the same time he began playing the guitar eventually taking classical and jazz guitar lessons . . . well, actually only a few because he was caught up in the rock and folk movement of the 1970s . . . and added sleight of hand to his performing repertoire.
After moving to Georgia in 1974, Gary performed as a ventriloquist at Six Flags Over Georgia, sleight of hand at Victoria Station Restaurant, was nominated for a statewide Emmy award for a children's television show, and continued playing music. He was one of the early members of the Mike & Von Rogers Band, one of the poineering Christian Rock bands, which had two albums on the Maranatha label in the early 1980s as well. Gary has played with various church teams over the past 30 years and served as Minister of Music and Worship Leader. Currently his major musical outlet is Zephyr Instrumental.
Gary is a charter member of Zephyr Instrumental.