Our Director

Our Director, Mr. Mike Gomez

A Bay Area native, Mr. Gomez started playing clarinet at the age of 10.  He learned saxophone in middle school, and finally tuba in high school.  He graduated from John Swett High School in the small East Bay town of Crockett. He spent two years at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill before transferring San Jose State University.  He studied tuba with Tony Clements and conducting with Dr. Ed Harris.  He performed in the wind ensemble, orchestra, Latin Jazz ensemble, brass ensemble and the SJSU Spartan Marching Band.  He received his B.A. in music education and teaching credential from San Jose State University.  He is currently a candidate for a Master of Music in conducting at Sam Houston State University & the American Band College. This intense summer program over three years includes advanced training on conducting, band literature and courses on playing all the instruments in a band program. Before coming to Lincoln High School in 2016, Mr. Gomez spent 7 years at Overfelt High School. Prior to that, Mr. Gomez spent one year at Burnett Middle School and one semester at San Jose High Academy. At Overfelt, the program initially had just one band class of 35 students. During his time there, Mr. Gomez doubled the program to nearly 70 students in two classes, and regularly took them to CMEA Festivals where they received high ratings and scores. At Lincoln, Mr. Gomez teaches six band classes a day and conducts seven different ensembles, including the overarching Lion Pride Pep Band. A performer himself,Mr. Gomez currently performs with the Ohlone Community Band in Fremont and, when a tubist is needed, with the Mission Chamber Orchestra. When not teaching or performing, Mr. Gomez loves to travel, cook, attend baseball games, and work as a sports official.