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Meet The Staff

Kurt Gilbert

Kurt Gilbert

Owner

Kurt is a Wyoming native that got his start in music when he started playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. He continued on the brass path, and played the mellophone in the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980-1986. He then taught for the Troopers from 1987-2001. He stays involved with music and marching by playing in the Casper Municipal Band and writing drill for some of the marching bands around the state. He also sings in his church choir.

Kurt started working at the store in 1990, and has performed the duties required in all of the staff positions currently held by others. In 2012 he became a co-owner of the store. He is also in charge of big ticket inventory items, and is our primary liaison for our major manufacturers. He spends time traveling the state working with music educators to be sure that the needs of students and teachers are being met. He’s the face of the store.

kurt@hillmusiccompanywy.com

Lara Gilbert

Lara Gilbert

Owner

Lara started in music when she joined her school band in fourth grade, and continued playing the saxophone until she was in ninth grade. At a young age, she discovered she enjoyed singing, and sang in choirs throughout secondary school and college, adding musical theatre to her performing interests during that time. She is currently a member of the Casper Civic Chorale, and sings for special services in her church.
Lara brings 20+ years in banking to Hill Music, which she uses as she oversees staff, behind-the-scenes operations and most of the financial aspects of the store.
“At Hill Music, we serve the music; everything else is secondary.”

lara@hillmusiccompanywy.com

Kimi Winckler

Kimi Winckler

Educational Materials, Store Inventory, Marketing, Special Events Coordinator

Kimi started playing alto saxophone when she was in fifth grade, and she continued all the way through college. She also took piano and guitar lessons when she was growing up. She is a current member of the Casper Civic Choral, Casper College Concert Band, Casper Municipal Band, Faith Bible Chapel Orchestra, and she is the director of The Faith Bible Chapel Choir.

Kimi started working at Hill Music part time. When the store first opened, she helped design displays for instrument showings. She started working full time at the store about six years ago. More recently, Kimi has increased her workload to include ordering, inventory, and marketing design at the store.

kimi@hillmusiccompanywy.com

Robert Brackel

Robert Brackel

Guitar Consultant, Teacher, Sales & Repair

Robert has been playing the guitar for more than fifteen years and has enjoyed teaching privately for more than ten.
Local Casper teacher and musician Stan Kirlin introduced him to teaching the guitar while in high school. He also studied with Tracy Pfau in high school and throughout college, while also performing in Tracy's Juju Jazz group.
Currently teaching lessons both privately and at Vibes Fine and Performing Arts School, Robert is an excellent resource and asset to our community.
To reach him directly just call 307-247-1978 or rob.brackel@gmail.com


robert@hillmusiccompanywy.com

Lindsey Winckler

Lindsey Winckler

Rental Coordinator

Lindsey started in music when she was in third grade, on the violin, which she continued playing all through high school. She is currently a member of the Faith Bible Chapel Choir, singing soprano. She is also taking violin lessons with Amber Pollock.
Lindsey is the Rental Coordinator which keeps her very busy. Her responsibilities include input of all customer information and making sure that rental payments are made. She also tracks all rental inventory, and works with the Hill Music rental outlets throughout the state.

lindsey@hillmusiccompanywy.com

Rob Doane

Rob Doane

Sales & Business Development

Rob attended Casper College and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. A Wyoming native, his ambition is to encourage everyone to explore the musical arts and promote what is available in our schools and throughout our communities!

“Music is a way of life. It isn’t something that should ever be put away or set aside. It should be encouraged and celebrated in our children, our schools, ourselves and our communities throughout our lives. It is a great pleasure to visit and work with school programs across the state and see firsthand the immense joy, creativity and talents that are nurtured and shared. I have seen the same expressions from all ages and feel blessed to be able to share in these unique and wonderful moments.”
Music is our lives and we hope we can assist you with any questions, concerns and/or projects you might have.

rob@hillmusiccompanywy.com