Mr. Gamache received his college degree in musical arranging and improvisation in 1978, his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a studio music specialization from Concordia University in 1983, and finally his teaching degree at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 1985. He is completing his 26th year of teaching for the Marie-Victorin School Board and his first year at the new IB school, l’École Internationale Lucille Teasdale.
Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Gamache was a freelance musician for 10 years. His most memorable performances include playing for Prince Phillip during the 100th anniversary celebration of The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, closing the Festival Juste pour Rire with renown French singer Charles Trenet, touring with internationally known pop pianist André Gagnon and performing at the wedding of hockey star Mario Lemieux.
In his last few years as a freelance musician, Mr. Gamache began substitute teaching for different school boards in the Montréal area. During this time he decided to focus his career on teaching music. He credits his former principal Mrs. Céline Brossard with supporting his successful transition to teaching. An active, involved principal, she ensured the music department was well equipped with materials and resources to give students a full range of creative options. Always encouraging and supporting his students, in 1988 a committee from the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) selected Mr. Gamache for a most caring teacher award.
In his free time, Mr. Gamache loves practicing all kinds of musical instruments. An avid hockey fan, he enjoys watching all levels of hockey games. He finds that hockey and jazz improvisation have much in common. When he retires from full-time teaching, Mr. Gamache plans to return to performing live music as a multi-instrumentalist.