ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MUSIC EDUCATION
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC BANDS
249, Swope Music Building
- M.M., West Chester University
- M.M., Boston University
- B.M., West Chester University
- Ed. D., West Chester University
Dr. Adam J. Gumble is the Director of Athletic Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Gumble’s primary responsibilities include directing the 324-member “INCOMPARABLE” Golden Rams Marching Band, “Sixth Man” Basketball Band, and WCU Concert Band. Since his arrival at West Chester University, the WCU Marching Band has performed in featured exhibition at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, was named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Trophy (the “Heisman Trophy” for collegiate marching bands), performed halftime shows at multiple NFL playoff and regular season football games, and hosted Championship events for both USBands and the Cavalcade of Bands Association.
Prior to his appointment at West Chester University, Dr. Gumble taught for 13 years in the Pennsylvania public schools as the Director of Bands at Hempfield High School and Associate Director of Bands at Quakertown Community High School. Throughout his career, ensembles under Dr. Gumble's direction consistently earned top ratings, awards, and critical acclaim at festivals and assessments across the region and was invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) All-State Conference in 2009 and 2013. Dr. Gumble is an active guest conductor, clinician, producer, adjudicator, and conference presenter 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. Dr. 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.
Dr. Gumble graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2005, a Master of Music Education Degree from Boston University in 2007, a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University in 2016, and a Doctor of Education Degree from West Chester University in 2022.
Dr. Gumble is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.