Gary is a software engineer at Sweetwater. He is also a composer and pianist, and has composed film, orchestral, chamber music and arranged music for various stage musicals. He is a graduate of UCLA Film Scoring school in Los Angeles, and is currently working on an original musical. When living in LA, he was a member of the Pacific Composers Guild, and had some of his original works performed at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Museum Theatre and broadcast live on classical station KUSC 91.5 in LA. He has also directed various musical productions (both as Director and as Musical Director) while living in Tulsa, OK, including Sleeping Beauty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tom Sawyer, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Aesop’s Falables, and many others. Gary met his wife, Terri, while acting opposite of her in a production of “Alone Together” at the Gaslight Dinner Theatre in Tulsa, OK in 1986, and they’ve been married since 1989.

Gary moved to Fort Wayne in 2015. His wife and two sons moved here in August 2016. Terri & Gary have four children together, James Amstutz, 24, a recent Tulsa University graduate, and Robert Amstutz, 13, who is a new student here in Fort Wayne at Summit Middle School in the Homestead district. They have two daughters. Susan Amstutz, 22, is graduating from Oklahoma University as an Aviation major in December 2016. She currently plays flute and tuba in the OU Pride Marching band, and plans to work for an airline next year as a pilot. She has earned her commercial pilot license while studying at Oklahoma, and plans to work as a pilot for an airline next year. Laura, 19, is a music major at Oklahoma University and is also in the OU Pride marching band. Her primary instrument is oboe, but also plays clarinet and piano. She plans on going to medical school after she graduates from OU to become a medical doctor.

Gary has also been a computer programmer throughout most of his career, and has written many successful software applications, including the Norton Utilities for Mac while an employee at Symantec, and ExpensePlus for Newton and ExpensePlus for Palm while working at State of the Art, Inc. and WalletWare, Inc.

Gary’s email is music@uufortwayne.org