New EHS band director looking at bright future

By on September 10, 2014


Steve Goss

Steve Goss

Steve Goss talks about the new school year in the same way he talks about everything else. There is a musical flow to his thoughts, a definable cadence to his words and a rhythm to his ideas. As the new band director for Ephrata High School, Goss knows all about the importance of tempo.
Goss has been the Ephrata middle school band director for the last 18 years and just recently he added the high school to his repertoire. He didn’t feel the need to remove himself from one position for the other. In large part, he credits the students and their parents for that; it is their commitment and involvement in the musical programs that inspire him every bit as much as the compositions he arranges.
“It’s a very close knit community, it’s a very special place to be a part of,” he said.
The additional responsibilities which Goss has taken on are the truest definition as to what a labor of love is all about and he is well prepared for the challenge.
His road began as a freshman at Penn Manor, where he marched all four years of his high school career. He attended West Chester University, where he was a member of the Golden Rams marching band.
He took part in the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games during his freshman year. The Drum Corps is a junior drum and bugle corps comprised of students from the U.S. and Canada who compete against other countries. Goss’s group would ultimately finish 12th in the world.
“It was at that point in my life that I knew I wanted to teach music, I wanted to teach instrumental music,” said Goss. “I had been doing instrumental from the time I was 14 and by the time I got to college, I knew it was something that I wanted to teach others.”
College life was a time of growth and discovery for Goss. His knowledge of music would grow wings as his studious application to the notes on a page morphed into mathematical formulas whose answers proved limitless and sublime. His inspirations growing up – drummers such as Steve Smith of Journey, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Neil Peart of Rush – became measures of his own growth.
After graduating from West Chester with a bachelor of science in music education and a master of science in music performance, Goss became the assistant marching band director for Ephrata High School. During his time there, the band won The High Percussion Award and placed second in the Cavalcade of Bands Championship in 1999.
In 2006, he took a break from his duties there so that he could spend more time with his children. He became a percussion instructor for the Lampeter Strasburg School District because that’s where his kids were going to school. His son, Ian, is now a senior at LS, where he is a member of the marching band. Goss says that he is talking about pursuing a career in music as well but that “he’s looking to get into the technology and business aspects of music, not education.”
His daughters are currently in middle school, and while field hockey is a shared love, music is their family passion. Abigail plays the violin and Hannah plays the trumpet and sings in the choir. Goss is quick to point out that his wife is the real director of this special band. Tanya Goss is a third grade teacher who sings and gives piano lessons when she’s not busy marching her own girls to one of their many activities.
The Goss family lives in the Lampeter Strasburg area because that is where Tanya and Steve began their life together. And while knowledge and achievement has always been a family affair, a solid foundation will always be the most important thing to them. They stayed in the place that welcomed their children into the world, and they grew the roots that have helped to grow a family history. Teaching and parenting are not mutually exclusive endeavors for them: they are intertwined qualities that have produced a beautiful return on their investment.
As if his schedule is not crazy enough, Goss was recently hired as an adjunct professor at Millersville University. This percussionist is also the drummer for the LCBC Ephrata worship team. And he runs a private percussion studio to boot. For almost 20 years, STG Music has been providing students of all ages and abilities with the skills necessary to pursue an education in music. Many of his students have won awards and several have gone on to pursue music degrees.
The Ephrata community has been blessed with a proud and rich tradition of music, and Goss is ready for this journey into what is looking like a very bright future. He brought his shades along for the ride.



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