435 Main Ave S | Renton, WA 98057 | (425) 687-8585
Hall of Fame Inductees



WIAA Hall of Fame Contact

WIAA Assistant Executive Director
(425) 282-5237

Bruce Gutgesell
Fine Arts, 1976-Present

Since graduating from the University of Oregon, Bruce has been an instrumental figure in music for the Lake Washington community and the state of Washington for nearly forty years.

He taught music at Juanita High School (1976-2006) and also served as Director of Bands, Fine Arts Department Chair, Activities Director, and Leadership Class instructor. Other classes he taught included piano, theory and history of popular music.

Bruce was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) in 1994, served as President-Elect, President and Past President from 1996-2002. He held multiple offices with the Washington unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Bruce received the Golden Acorn award (1986), was named the Kirkland Rotary Outstanding Educator and Journal American “Mr. Holland” (1996), and was twice selected as Kirkland’s Teacher of the Year (1994-1996.) He has been featured in The Seattle Times (2001) and was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation (2002). Bruce was inducted to the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame (2004.) He was named WMEA/WIAA Music Educator of the Year (2013), and honored as the NFHS Outstanding Music Educator for Section 8 (2013-14), which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. He was most recently inducted into the Northwest Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame (2014).

Upon retiring from teaching, Bruce joined the WMEA staff as the Student Events Coordinator. In that role, he guides the selection process and execution of WMEA All-State and All-Northwest honor groups. In addition, he manages the State Solo and Ensemble contest for the WIAA/WMEA.  He trains music educators in contest management, coordinating their regional contest management efforts and providing technology support and rules interpretation. He is a university supervisor for student teachers and facilitates college credit coursework through the Continuing Education Department at Central Washington University.

Beyond his teaching duties, Bruce has distinguished himself as an educational mentor and leader in the music community. He uses music as a vehicle for student growth and continues to be a tireless advocate for student success. Bruce has had a powerful and lasting influence on music education in the Pacific Northwest. 

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association  |   435 Main Ave S   |  Renton, WA 98057  |  (425) 687-8585  |  © 2021