About Donny Gatz
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.