Faculty and Staff

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Andrew Yozviak

Director of Bands
 
Dr. Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Yozviak's primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to this appointment, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the Pennsylvania public schools.

Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.

Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops. His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792). His scholarly edition of Antonio Rosetti's Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur, Switzerland.

As a composer, Dr. Yozviak has accepted commissions to compose and arrange music in a variety of genres. He has composed commissioned works for winds, chorus, jazz ensemble, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Dr. Yozviak's work as an arranger has yielded more than one hundred fifty marching band shows for some forty high schools, eight universities, and five drum and bugle corps. His original compositions for marching band, which include Africa, Artificial Intelligence, Koto, Four Suits, Water, Winter Sketches and Night Visions are published by Marching Show Concepts' Center X Productions.

Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

ayozviak@wcupa.edu
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M. Gregory Martin

Associate Director of Bands

M. Gregory Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education / Associate Director of Bands received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied conducting with Jerry F. Junkin. He recently completed a six-year tenure as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to returning to Florida, Dr. Martin was the Assistant Director for the Longhorn Band and Lecturer in the School of Music at UT. His past teaching experience includes fourteen years in the Florida and Virginia public school system and two years as a teaching assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he taught music education courses and conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands. In addition to his public school and collegiate teaching duties, Dr. Martin has also served as a Color Guard Instructor and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps ('82 -'88) and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps ('92 -'94). He also serves extensively as an adjudicator and clinician around the Southern and Midwestern United States and writes drill for several High School and college bands around the country including The University of Michigan. Dr. Martin is a member of the College Band Director's National Association, National Band Association, Music Educator's National Conference, College Music Society, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

mmartin@wcupa.edu
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Adam Gumble

Director of Athletic Bands

Adam J. Gumble is the newly appointed Director of Athletic Bands at West Chester University. Mr. Gumble’s primary responsibilities include directing the “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band and WCU Basketball Band, conducting the Concert Band, teaching undergraduate conducting classes, and supervising student teachers. 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.

Throughout his career in the public schools, ensembles under Mr. Gumble’s direction have earned top ratings, awards, and critical acclaim at festivals, assessments, and honor performances across the region. Mr. Gumble is an active guest conductor, clinician, and presenter at professional development conferences across the Northeastern United States. He has served as the Band Content Representative on the PMEA State Professional Development Council and has contributed original articles for PMEA Magazine. Mr. Gumble has been a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award and has been nominated for “Who's Who Among America's Teachers” as well as multiple "Teacher Impact Awards" through Central Pennsylvania's NBC affiliate, WGAL. Mr. Gumble currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Gumble graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2005, Master of Music Education Degree from Boston University in 2007, and Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University in 2016.

Mr. Gumble is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife (Kelly), two sons (Bennett and Dorian) and their dog, Rollo.

agumble@wcupa.edu
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Todd Marcocci

Color Guard Director and Choreographer

Todd recognizes that his career started right at WCU, and that has allowed him to succeed in different industries. Some other productions that he has been involved with include; The Daytona 500; The Republican National Convention; A TV Commercial for Snapple working with Spike Lee; The opening scene (segment producer) to the Nicholas cage film “Lord of War”; The Tangerine Bowl halftime show; Inaugural Parade for Governor Rendell; The Centennial for the Boy Scouts of America; the Hershey Centennial Parade; just to name a few.

During the 109th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California he decorated the 250-member Washington Township High School Marching Band in over 5000 live flowers and seeds, creating the first-ever “Marching Musical Float”. This unique concept and design approach received tremendous support from all major media around the world.

Todd is known to bleed – purple and gold – GO RAMS!

undersunpr@gmail.com
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Darren Hazlett

Percussion Director

Darren Hazlett has been the battery percussion arranger and instructor of the West Chester University Drumline since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, B. Mus. Ed., and Boston University, M. Mus. Ed. Previously, he has arranged and taught the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2005-2006). As a performer, he marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (1992-1998) and was a cast member of the Broadway show, Blast! (1999-2002). He has recorded with NFL Films, and has presented various marching percussion clinics (Vivace Productions, Total Percussion Seminar, Pennsylvania PAS Day of Percussion 2014). His arranging can be heard on music published by Jair Klarfeld and Center X Productions, and he is also a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

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Amy Walp

Color Guard Director

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Mike Bishop

Front Ensemble Director

Mike Bishop is an experienced and active educator, designer, producer, musician, and international clinician. He arranges and produces for high school and university ensembles around the United States and Europe, including the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band, European X indoor percussion ensemble of The Netherlands, and the Spirit of '52 drum corps from Rastede, Germany. Previously, Mike served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2015-2017); the Front Ensemble Arranger of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2017), and on the Front Ensemble Faculty & Social Media Team for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2010-2014), capturing a Drum Corps International World Championship in 2013. Additionally, Mike has served as a member of the Front Ensemble Faculty of Rhythm X, The X Academy and on the Board of Directors as the head of Media & Marketing for Invictus World, Inc. - the first WGI Independent World color guard to be based out of Austin, Texas.

After more than five years living in Austin, TX, Mike has returned to hie hometown of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Kelsey. While in Austin, Mike served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band. Since joining the team in 2011, he and his colleagues have captured two UIL Texas Marching State Championships, a PASIC Marching Championship with Best Front Ensemble Caption, and a Lone Star Classic Drumline State Championship. Previously, Mike lived in the Dayton, OH area as the Percussion Director for Bellbrook HS from 2009-2011.

As a performer, Mike has over 30 combined seasons of performance experience with scholastic and independent groups in the pageantry arts including Riptide Percussion (2002), the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2005), United Percussion (2003-2008), Carolina Crown (2006-2008), and a Winter Guard International World Championship with Rhythm X (2009). He also has been in performances for the NASCAR All*Star Drumline (2008), the Q-Stix™ Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Drumline (2009), and Aerial Experience Productions (2010).

Immediately following his drum corps age out, Mike joined the staff of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009) before joining the Carolina Crown's Front Ensemble Faculty in 2010. In the WGI scene, Mike was on the staff of Redline Percussion (2010), European X (2014, 2017-2018) in The Netherlands, and Rhythm X (2015-2016).

As a producer, Mike is experienced in creating soundtracks for short films, dance teams, and color guards, including the 2018 WGI Scholastic World Finalist Miamisburg High School (OH), 2015 WGI Scholastic A Finalist Manor High School (TX), Invictus (TX), The Black Watch (NJ), as well as samples and sound effects for the pageantry arts. He has composed and arranged hundreds of works for various scholastic, independent, and corporate programs.

Mike is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, a Yamaha Artist, and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo drum heads. He has given clinics at Music For All's Bands of America Summer Symposium and throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.