WEST CHESTER, PA — West Chester University School of Music announces the appointment of Adam J. Gumble as Director of Athletic Bands.
Gumble is an alumnus of West Chester University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005, received his Masters of Music Education degree from Boston University in 2007, and earned his Masters of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University in 2016.
Gumble says, “Coming back to West Chester to take this job is a dream come true for me. I want my students to have the same wonderful experience that I had when I was a student here and marching in the band.”
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gumble taught for 13 years in the public schools as the Director of Bands at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania, and Associate Director of Bands at Quakertown Community High School. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and presenter at professional development conferences across the Northeastern United States, and has served as the Band Content Representative on the PMEA State Professional Development Council. He has been a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award and has been nominated for “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”
In November, Gumble will lead the Marching Band to the prestigious Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. There they’ll perform in Lucas Oil Stadium in front of 150 high school bands there to compete, as well as tens of thousands of spectators.
Gumble adds, “The Grand Nationals are a really exciting opportunity for us. We get to showcase the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band and our School of Music to thousands of high school students who may not be familiar with our programs.”
About Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band
The Golden Rams Marching Band performs regularly at WCU football games, numerous exhibition events throughout the region and at special events for the university and community. The band has performed at Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New York Giants and Washington Redskins football games. The group has been featured during Philadelphia Phillies World Series appearances, marched in New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Golden Rams Marching Band is proud to perform regularly at Bands of America Regional and National Events. Most recently the Golden Rams have performed in exhibition at the 2013 Atlanta Regional, the 2012 Pittsburgh Regional. They performed at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2009, and will make a return in 2018.
About West Chester University
Enrolling over 17,000 students, West Chester University is the largest member of the 14-institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1871, the University is a comprehensive public institution, offering 118 undergraduate programs, 103 master’s degree and 4 doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.