St Rene Goupil School Band

St Rene Goupil School Band

Mr. William Gula – Director

About Our Band Program:
We are extremely excited to offer a Band Program for the students of St. Rene School. The school band meets once per week, on Wednesday mornings in the school lunchroom. The St. Rene School Band offers the opportunity to gain musical knowledge to any student in  grades  four through eight.       

Learning to play a musical instrument is a true challenge requiring a good  amount of time and effort. The musical knowledge and skill gained in the St. Rene School Band can be carried forward into high school, college, and even into a professional career. The St. Rene School Band provides our students with the opportunity to play their instrument in an environment of teamwork, discipline, cooperation, and friendly competition. Through several public performances each year, the band serves to instill confidence and pride in a job well done.

How To Join:   
Please contact our director, Mr. William Gula at (708) 977-0227 or, for information regarding the cost for participation and  registration.          

Instruments offered include; Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet,  Trombone, and Snare Drum. If you already own an instrument, please send it to the first lesson so we can inspect for proper working conditions. If you need to obtain an instrument, rental is your best option. Rentals start at  $17.00 per month and can be ordered by calling PM Music Center at  (630) 978‐4756. Or you can order on their website; .    
PM Music will deliver the instrument and lesson book to St. Rene, so you will never have to go to the store. If you already have an instrument, a  lesson book will be needed (Yamaha Band Student  –  Book 1). The cost for the book is approximately $7.00, and can be purchased through PM Music Center or other music stores in the area.   


About Mr. Gula:
Mr. William Gula has been teaching band at Catholic Elementary Schools on the South/Southwest side of Chicago and suburbs for over 20 years.  A student of the late Leo Henning, Mr. Gula attended St. Laurence H.S. and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago,  IL.          

In the past, Mr. Gula has also taught on the high school level, instructing the marching band at Evergreen Park H.S. as well as the Jazz Bands at  Brother Rice H.S. and St. Laurence H.S. Some of Mr. Gula’s students have gone on to perform with Division I drum and bugle corps, and can be seen on the DCI summer tour.

As a professional musician, Mr. Gula has performed with and conducted pit orchestras for local high school and community theaters. In addition, he has worked professionally with local Chicago rock and jazz groups such as,  Rapid  Fire, Crosstown, the Outcasts Jazz Band, and Vehicle, to name  a  few.

While still in high school, Mr. Gula began performing polka music. Starting with Stas’ Golonka’s Chicago Masters, he has played as a steady member of polka bands such as the Windy City Brass, Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue, Dynasticks, Prime Drive, the EZ-­Tones, and most recently the “famous & fabulous” Ampol-Aires.  He also ‘filled in’ with numerous other bands on the polka circuit. One of the highlights of his polka career was traveling to Poland to perform with Grammy Award winning, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones. In late 2012, Mr. Gula launched his own polka band called the “Chicago  Image”.