Gil Del Bosque was born and raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. At the age of 12, he began playing the saxophone. Upon winning several school competitions, Gil was hooked on playing music. He played saxophone in the prestigious Texas All State bands during his sophomore, junior and senior years in high school and was awarded outstanding marks for his solo competitions playing classical saxophone.
Gil graduated in 1996 and moved for a short time to Canyon, Texas to study classical saxophone with Don Lefevre at West Texas A&M. He then transferred to famed Grammy nominated jazz school, the University of North Texas, where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with Andrew Dahlke, Jim Riggs, Tom Luer and Mario Cruz.
After graduating from UNT, Gil began working for Carnival Cruise ships out of Miami, Long Beach, and Puerto Rico. He also worked Cunard cruise ships out of Southhampton, England on the Queen Elizabeth. While working on ships, Gil honed his reading skills on all woodwinds by backing up a different act every night with little to no rehearsal. Working on cruise ships also provided an abundance of free time to practice.
After being at sea for four years, the decision was made to return to school and pursue graduate studies. He recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s in Jazz Study. While in Austin, Gil has shared the stage with Chris Potter, Herbie Hancock drummer, Mike Clarke, "You Light up my Life" singer, Debbie Boone, famed country singer, Lyle Lovett, Latin salsa singer, Olga Tanon and “Rick K and the All Nighters” known for their viral YouTube video “Drummer at the wrong gig.”
Gil currently resides in Austin, Texas where his full schedule is divided between a studio of over forty private lesson students on clarinet and saxophone, and a busy performing schedule with some of the best musicians in the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” Performing at the Elephant Room with GDBQtet once a month as well as other notable venues.
Gil Del Bosque