West Chester University’s new Director of Athletic Bands, Adam Gumble, will lead the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band to the Bands of America Grand National Championships from Nov. 8-10 in Indianapolis.
The band will perform in Lucas Oil Stadium in front of 95 of America’s top high school marching bands that will be there to compete, as well as tens of thousands of spectators.
Gumble graduated from WCU with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005, received his Master of Music Education degree from Boston University in 2007, and earned his Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from WCU in 2016.
“It’s a great honor to perform at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and I am very excited to lead our band in this prestigious endeavor,” he said. “Coming back to West Chester to take this job has been 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.”
Gumble taught for 13 years as the Director of Bands at Hempfield High School in Lancaster County and as the Associate Director of Bands at Quakertown High School in Bucks County.
For Grand Nationals, the band will perform “The Traveler,” loosely based on Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.”
“It’s a show about choice,” said Gumble. “The impetus came from many hours of brainstorming with our very talented design team. For Grand Nationals, we wanted a show that highlighted our strengths and that was accessible to all audiences.”