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Shana Gatewood received her Bachelors in Music Education from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY and Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Gatewood taught for five years in Atwood, IL, grades 5-12 band, including beginning band, JH band, and HS band (Concert, Marching, & Pep Band). She has been teaching music classes at Gateway Community & Technical College since January 2012 and Northern Kentucky University in the Music Education area since August 2015.

Gatewood is originally from St. Louis, MO but currently resides in Florence, KY. She is married to fellow musician and former Twenhofel Band Director AJ Gatewood. They have three children. She has played trumpet for 25+ years, toured Brazil with the Campbellsville University Jazz Band, and has even met and performed with the rock band Chicago in a live concert. Currently, Gatewood plays for Florence Baptist Church on Mt Zion in the Praise Band, leads Preschool Praise, and teaches private Trumpet and Horn lessons for local music students.