I grew up in Ossining, New York, the oldest son of a fund raiser father and a school teacher mother. My parents, Peter and Mary, still live in the house that I grew up in. I live in Briarcliff Manor, New York, with my wife, Chris, a public school teacher. We have been married for over 23 years.
Chris and I are very recent “empty-nesters”, with both of our children, Alison, age 20, and Ryan, age 18, attending college at the same time. Alison is studying to become an art teacher at Messiah College. Ryan is attending Providence College on a track scholarship. My family is very important to me and comes first in everything that I do. We are beginning to adjust to living at home without kids, but if you have some advice, I’m happy to listen.
Ryan, Peter, Chris and Alison Gallagher
I feel fortunate to have been involved with the music profession at a very young age, beginning studies on the string bass at the age of nine. The discipline and focus required to practice and perform music at a high level has always been of interest and an ongoing challenge to me. I learned before the age of ten that one of the best ways to achieve your goals is to try to get better at what you are doing a little bit each day and to keep a mindset of always looking for ways to improve.
Several private music teachers helped me stay on track with my goals, I was fortunate to have several mentors who cared about my work and success in the music field. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the best bass teachers in the industry over the years. Having reached a level of success in high school allowed me the opportunity to receive full-tuition music scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate school.
I learned a great deal about setting goals and working hard to achieve them while practicing the string bass over six hours a day in my early 20’s. This determination paid off as I began competing and winning ultra-competitive symphony orchestra auditions and I began my career playing the string bass professionally.
I was selected to perform with orchestras in Hartford, Connecticut and Orlando, Florida while teaching students privately and performing during the summers in Greensboro, North Carolina. I own a string bass made by Kai Arvi, from Prince Edward Island, Canada.
On my Trek bike near the Croton Dam. Croton-on-Hudson, New York
Committed to always improving my skills in my financial services practice, I attend various retirement, investment, and estate planning conferences each year to keep my knowledge in these areas up to date, so that I may provide current information to my clients. I also have found a way to stay involved with the music profession by combining both my music and financial background, including writing financial articles for the Bass World magazine. I am proud to have previously served as a board member with the International Society of Bassists, located in Dallas, Texas. I also like to read several business-related books each month, and I even struggle nightly with a difficult Sudoku puzzle.
Performing music in a symphony orchestra, responding to a car accident as an EMT, or helping a client prepare for their future, requires many similar qualities, including discipline, teamwork and flexibility. I’ve lived my life dedicated to achieving goals and helping others.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. If my qualities and background resonate with you, perhaps we could meet to discuss what is important to you and your family.