Bane was a two-time All-State team member at Beaver High School, a high school All-American in his senior year. In 1975, Bane played behind veterans Jack Eastward and Gary Lombard at the defensive end spot. He played on the junior varsity squad in the 1974-1975 season. Bane majored in social work. WVU Coach Bowden mentioned, "Gary is a very reckless player and a wonderful young man; all he needs is experience."