COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: TEXAS CITY HIGH SCHOOL BAND
San Diego, CA
Texas City High School Band, Texas City ISD Percussion Studio
Brian Zator, Neil Peart, Ray Luzier, Dave Weckl
FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON:
Houston Symphonic Band (Robert Ticheli TBA Concert)
FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON:
“Moving Pictures”, Rush
Texas City High School sweeping all 2A Awards at the BOA Woodlands Regionals in 2010
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
Concert Band: 18″ HHX Synergy Medium Crash Cymbals (great for the stage or the marching field)
Drumset: 21″ HH Crossover Ride
Vincent Gumkowski is currently in his twelfth year of teaching, and his sixth as an Assistant Band Director at Texas City High School and the Percussion Coordinator for the Texas City Independent School District. His duties include instructing percussionists and assisting with all bands (Grades 5-12) for Texas City High School, Blocker Intermediate, and Fry Intermediate. In addition, Mr. Gumkowski assists with the Texas City High School Jazz Band, and directs the Percussion Ensemble Program and the district’s mariachi program, El Mariachi Raya.
After graduating from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory under the direction of Robert Peri, Mr. Gumkowski chose to continue his education at Loyola University in New Orleans. Mr. Gumkowski studied conducting with Dr. Joseph Hebert and percussion pedagogy with Jim Atwood, and was a member of both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. He student taught at Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana and is a 1997 graduate of Loyola New Orleans with a Bachelor of Music Education.
Mr. Gumkowski started the annual Texas City ISD Percussion Ensemble Concert in 2006 and credits its success of his percussion ensembles to using vertical alignment (teaching the same nomenclature and techniques ) to create consistency between Grades 5-12. His marching percussion ensembles have most recently won Division 1 ratings at the Sulphur Marching Festival in Sulphur, LA in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, the Texas City High School Marching Band won Outstanding Visual Effect, Outstanding Musical Effect, Outstanding General Effect, and Class 2A Champion at the BOA Woodlands Regional. The Texas City High School Symphonic Band won Best in Class (High School) and Outstanding Xylophone Soloist at the Peaks Music Festival at the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, Texas in May 2011. Finally, the Symphonic Band ranked 3rd in the TMEA Region XVII 4A Honor Band Listenings.
Mr. Gumkowski’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmaster’s Association. In addition, he is a former member of the Houston Symphonic Band.