Mark Gowman

Director of 7-12 Instrumental Music, Róisín Dubh, & Coffeehouse


Mark Gowman has been the 7-12 instrumental music instructor in the East Rochester School District since 2001. Mr. Gowman is a 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his degree in music education and trumpet performance, played snare in the Michigan Drumline under Clif Smith, and was a student of the famed trumpeter Armando Ghitalla. He received his Master's Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2007.

Since coming to East Rochester, Mr. Gowman has overseen the development of the music technology lab and recording studio; created both the popular Percussion Ensemble and Róisín Dubh, our unique and nationally-recognized Irish music program; and developed our 6-12 jazz program into one of the strongest in the region. He is honored to have received the East Rochester PTA Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Gowman regularly presents professional workshops on music education, Irish music, and marching percussion. These include numerous sessions at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and other schools; five workshops and one featured performance at the NYS state music education conferences; and the 2006 Music Educators National Conference in Salt Lake City.

In addition to his work at East Rochester, Mr. Gowman is also the percussion director for Victor's competitive marching program, in which his own children perform. In 2017, Victor Percussion was named PSA Bronze Medalist at WGI Percussion World Championships, and was also named New York State Gold Medalist and PSA champion at the WGI Dayton Regional. Since Mr. Gowman started at Victor, they have won three consecutive New York State percussion championships, two consecutive percussion regional championships, a state marching band championship, and two consecutive marching band regional championships.

Mr. Gowman is a signed endorser for Salyers Percussion, a member of the New York State Percussion Circuit Board of Directors, and a member of the 2017-18 WGI National Percussion Advisory Board.

When not teaching or making music, he loves spending time in the outdoors, traveling with his family, and hiking, kayaking, and riding his mountain bike. He crashes much more than he should.