Charles Gumbert, director of the four-time WGI champion Pride of Cincinnati winter guard, has been selected for induction to the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame.
In a 2013 interview, Gumbert said the youth motivate him to stay involved in the activity. “That’s why we’re all here,” Gumbert said. “As director of Pride Of Cincinnati, one of the most important lessons I have learned is that thinking outside the box expands our reality. If it expands our reality, it also expands the reality of our youth. To a naive high school bass drummer from a rural farm community in southern Ohio, an organization like ours can be life changing. I know this because I was that kid. Now it’s [my] turn to pass it on and give back.”
Gumbert has led the Pride of Cincinnati to medal placements in every WGI World Championships the group has attended since 1997, including four WGI Independent World Class gold medals.
Raised on a farm in Ohio, Gumbert’s early love for music motivated him to audition for drumline spot with Pride of Cincinnati Drum & Bugle Corps.
“Growing up on a farm and taking care of other farms was a grueling, everyday task, but it taught me many life skills of how to deal with excruciating obstacles. This is where my work ethic was born: Perseverance and Patience.” – Charles Gumbert
Meanwhile, Charlie developed an interest in winter guard and spent three years as a performing member with the Pride of Cincinnati winter guard, as well as multiple summers touring with Suncoast Sound and the Madison Scouts.
Gumbert’s induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at the 2015 WGI Color Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.