ABOUT THE DIRECTORHello! I am Ryan Gutsch, band director here at Owen-Withee School District. I first went to Northcentral Technical College and graduated in 2002 with an Associate Degree in Computer Systems/Analysis. After working for a year, I decided that music needed to be my career because I loved it so much. I went to University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Instrumental Music Education. I worked at Oconto Falls from 2007-2009 and at Turtle Lake from 2009-2013 before I made the move to Owen-Withee in 2013.
Along with my band experience, I have been active in the competitive marching band circuit in Wisconsin. I have been a percussion instructor at Marathon, Merrill, D.C. Everest, and Germantown, marching/maneuvering instructor at Marathon, and most recently percussion arranger for Fond du Lac and the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Through my instruction, I have received 3 State Percussion Championships and 2 State Band Championships.
I have also been judging in the WSMA circuit since 2009 and have made a judging appearance with the Small Drum & Bugle Corps Association in 2009. I am now a Master Adjudicator with WSMA.
I am currently a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and National Band Association (NBA).
Also in August of 2011, I finished composing a new musical called "Sweet Genevieve" with story and lyrics by Sharon Balts. The premiere performance was with the Barron Spotlighters in 2011.
In my free time, I enjoy video games, golf, and soccer. I am a certified soccer referee and ref games for the WIAA. I am also the athletic director and tech coordinator here at the Owen-Withee School District.
I am married to Cynthia, who is a piano teacher in town and who also accompanies the O-W Choir and the Thorp Choir. We also have a son, August, who was born in January of 2016 and a daughter, Nora, who was born in January of 2020.