Gary McCourry performed for 23 years in the West Point Band, (9 years as alto and soprano saxophonist in the Concert Band and West Point Saxophone Quartet, and 14 years as baritone saxophonist in the Jazz Knights Big Band).  Since retiring from the Army in 2009, he has maintained an active private teaching and freelance performance schedule in Michigan, where he is the leader of the Beer City Saxes, a jazz saxophone and rhythm section group based in Grand Rapids.  He is a member of the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band, the Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra, Truth in Jazz Orchestra, Hip Pocket, and several other large and small groups that perform throughout West Michigan.  He also performs occasionally as an augment with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony.