Cecil Gutierrez is a long time resident of Loveland, a veteran, educator, school administrator, and business-person. He has raised a family in Loveland, completed two distinguished careers, and continues to be active in the community. He moved to Loveland in 1976 to become Director of Bands at
the “new” Thompson Valley High School. Cecil retired in 1999 as Director of Bands at Loveland High School, culminating a 29 year career in music education. A graduate of Western State College in Gunnison, Mr. Gutierrez also received a Masters Degree at Colorado State University.
During twenty nine years as an educator, Cecil served as President of the Thompson Education Association, President of The Northeast Uniserv Unit of the Colorado Education Association, and Chair of the Instrumental Affairs Council of the Colorado Music Educator’s Association. Cecil continues to volunteer as a music adjudicator for concert and marching festivals, as a performance clinician, and mentor to young band directors.
Cecil brings planning and decision-making skills to the Loveland City Council gained through his military service. He served nearly twenty-nine years in the Army on Active Duty, and in the Reserves, and National Guard in a variety of leadership, staff, and command positions rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. A good part of Cecil’s military career included service in the Communications and Military Intelligence fields. The last ten years were spent as the Commander and Conductor of the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard.
Since retiring as band director at Loveland High School, Cecil has held the position of Group Sales Coordinator at Travel Leaders where he applies his organizational skills to provide groups with quality educational tour and travel experiences.
Cecil’s wife, Kay, is an artist and retired Thompson School District art teacher. Cecil and Kay are proud of their children. Their daughter Ginia, a graduate of Thompson Valley High School and Adams State College, is a teacher at Strasburg, Colorado High School. Son, Joel, a graduate of Loveland High School and Colorado State University works in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona. Their granddaughter Liria is a Senior at Strasburg High School. Cecil’s hobbies include international travel, fishing, and Lionel model railroading.