Growing up in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, New York, Gerry's multiple talents emerged early. He excelled at sports, performed on stage, played the organ and sang in the choir at St. Joseph's Cathedral; during the summer, he worked on the stage crew at Chautauqua Institution's famed Amphitheatre where he learned to make a mean stir fry from the Metropolitan Opera's principal horn player.
When not busy with musical endeavors, Gerry is an active gardener and amateur landscape architect, runner, and he travels with his wife, Joan, to see their three accomplished children perform; he continues to indulge his culinary interests by baking different varieties of breads and pizza. He is happiest celebrating life and family, whether on the podium or with Joan and their children (when they decide to come home). He enjoys reading anything from Hemingway to Ludlum to biographies about great leaders, while enjoying the aroma of baking garlic and pesto bread.