Vincent Gumkowski is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching, and his eighth 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 Middle School, and Fry Intermediate. In addition, Mr. Gumkowski assists with the Texas City High School Jazz Band, and directs the Percussion Studio 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 the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Percussion 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 the success of his percussion ensembles to using vertical alignment (teaching the same nomenclature, techniques and procedures throughout a student’s education) 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 HS Marching Band won Outstanding Visual Effect, Outstanding Musical Effect, Outstanding General Effect, and Class 2A Champion at the BOA Woodlands Regional. The Texas City HS 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. Both the Texas City HS and Blocker MS Bands received UIL Sweepstakes Awards in Concert and Sightreading in 2012. Finally, the Texas City HS Symphonic Band ranked 3rd in the 2011 TMEA Region XVII 4A Honor Band Listenings.
Mr. Gumkowski’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. In addition, he is a former member of the Houston Symphonic Band. He is a current endorsee for Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, and Dynasty Percussion.