Believing that music is vital to the human spirit, Vivace Productions exists to promote the development of emotionally intelligent human beings through exceptional, impactful, innovative programming in the performing arts. We strive to cultivate supportive, inclusive, learner-centered environments where participants can thrive.

About Us

Vivace Productions, Inc. was founded by Dr. John W. Villella in 1996 as a continuation of the forward-thinking and renowned programs founded in the 1970’s by Dr. James R. Wells and Educational Resources. Initially the Marching Band and Band Front Conference at West Chester University by Educational Resources was the only workshop of its kind that was available to students and educators. A second workshop was added in 1984 at Lafayette College, and in 1986 the Band Leadership Training Program was developed featuring Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Professor George N. Parks.

Vivace Productions workshops embrace a fresh new look at the art of music and its role in education and are staffed by world-class clinicians that embrace contemporary perspectives and insights into music education. Each year the goal of the Vivace Productions staff and clinicians is to provide educational and innovative workshops for students and educators who attend our workshops and to remain committed to upholding the level of excellence our participants have come to expect. 



Dr. Villella frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His professional affiliations include membership in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National and State organizations, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Villella recently retired as the Chief of Staff in the office of the President for West Chester University. He previously served as the Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Director of both the Symphonic and Concert Bands, and has served as both Assistant Director and Band Director of the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band.



Dr. Adam J. Gumble is the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gumble’s primary responsibilities include directing the 330+ member “INCOMPARABLE” Golden Rams Marching Band, “Sixth Man” Basketball Band, and WCU Concert Band. Since his arrival at West Chester University, the WCU Marching Band has performed in featured exhibitions at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, was named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Trophy, performed halftime shows at multiple NFL playoff and regular season football games, hosted Championship events for both USBands and the Cavalcade of Bands Association, and most recently performed in the 135th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. 


Kelly Gumble is thrilled to be returning to Vivace Productions, Inc. Kelly is an adjunct professor in the Music Education department at West Chester University, instructing future educators in various courses. Prior to joining the faculty at West Chester and returning to Vivace, Kelly taught music for 17 years in Pennsylvania public schools, most recently as an elementary band director and assistant marching band director in the Hempfield School District in Landisville, PA.