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About Donny Gatz

Donny Gatz
Donny Gatz
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Yorktown, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: Bachelor of Music - Music Education from James Madison University (2021), Licensed Virginia Educator in Instrumental Music preK-12.
Performance Experience: 11+ Years Percussion Playing Experience, Major in Music with a concentration in Percussion, Participated in a variety of ensembles (Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band. Concert Band, Brass Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band), Musician for TNCC Summer Operetta Series. Participant in 2014 London New Year's Day Parade and Concert Series, 2016 Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Mass Band, and 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Teaching Experience: Percussion Instructor (Menchville HS, Rockbridge County HS, Harrisonburg HS), 6 Months of Student-Teaching Experience, Daily/Long-Term Substitute for Newport News and Hampton City Schools.
Teaching Philosophy: Everyone hums and sings, we all recognize certain jingles and tunes, even the way we speak and phrase sentences has musical ideas behind it. Everyone can and should learn the universal language. I help my students expand their musical knowledge through practicing on their instrument or building upon musical concepts, while trying to find the student's inspiration in music and using that as inspiration to continue learning more. Learning music should be about learning what you want out of it.

Get to know Donny Gatz

My passion for music comes from all the amazing music composed for the video games and movies I've enjoyed throughout my life, as well as all the wonderful music I'll hear on the radio everyday. I initially became interested in band after seeing my father play piano everyday and learning of him playing saxophone and clarinet in the band while my mother played flute while singing in the choir. After a brief attempt at playing saxophone at B.C. Charles, I changed my mind and have played percussion ever since. I've been a resident of Newport News all of my life and I was a proud member of both the Gildersleeve and Menchville Music Departments. After my time at Menchville, I decided to pursue Music Education at James Madison University in hopes of one day becoming a band director myself. Nowadays when I'm not teaching others, I'm teaching myself more in music by learning new pieces and instruments, reading of new concepts in music, arranging, or performing.

Donny Gatz teaches at:
209 Village Ave Suite I
Yorktown, VA 23693
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