Instructional & Design Staff

vipe2019: immortal

Show Design

Victor Percussion designs via a collaborative process that includes the input of all staff members.

Show design by Mark Gowman, Bryan Harmsen & Shane Gwaltney, Joe Palomaki, Elizabeth Gowman, Vince Pastore, Kalina Procas, Rachel Hucko, and Patsy Vankirk

Music by Bryan Harmsen & Shane Gwaltney

Drill design by Patsy Vankirk

Instructional Staff

Biographies are below.


Mark Gowman

Battery + Floor Visual

Joe Palomaki, battery & visual instructor

Nate Fox, battery instructor

Elizabeth Gowman, cymbals

Genna Zakin, visual instructor

Choreography & Movement

Rachel Hucko

Front Ensemble

Vince Pastore

Samantha Carr

Rachel Hucko


MARK GOWMAN is the percussion caption head for the marching arts program at Victor High School and director of the Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Since 2015, Victor Percussion has won three New York State percussion championships, two WGI regional championships (PSA), the 2017 WGI PSA bronze medal, and has won the NYS field band championship and two Bands of America regional Class AA championships as part of the Victor Marching Blue Devils.

Mark is also the instrumental music director at East Rochester High School, where he has led the program since 2001. At East Rochester, he directs the award-winning ER Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Róisín Dubh, the school's nationally-recognized Irish music program.

Mark holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, where he played in the snare line. He regularly presents professional workshops on music education, Irish music, and marching percussion, including numerous sessions at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and other collegiate music schools; five workshops and one featured performance at the NYS state music education conferences; and the Music Educators National Conference.

Mark currently serves as president of the New York State Percussion Circuit, and is an endorser for Salyers Percussion. He served on the 2017-18 WGI Percussion Advisory Board, and is the proud father of three percussionists.

Mark has lived in Victor for nearly two decades, and is proud to call it home. When not teaching or making music, he loves being outdoors while mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking with his wife and three kids.