Mr. Todd Gagnon is currently the Instrumental Music teacher at Dunfee Elementary School, where he directs the 4th and 5th grade Bands, teaches instrumental lessons, and is the director of the annual 3rd grade Winter Musical. He also serves as the school advisor for the Leaders In Training program, and staff coordinator of the yearbook. and Mr Gagnon had been a band director at Barnegat High School since 2005 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and served as head director for the Barnegat High School Marching Bengals, a TOB Regional Champion band. Mr. Gagnon has also taught Music Theory and AP Theory, as well as the popular Classical Guitar Workshop classes, and acted as Musical Director for the school’s annual musical productions. His Wind and Jazz Ensembles received several awards at competitions and festivals throughout the east coast. From 2007-‘09 he also served as Department Chairman for Fine and Performing Arts.
Mr. Gagnon received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in trombone and instrumental studies from The College of New Jersey, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005. At TCNJ, he studied theory and composition under Dr. Robert McMahan, former head of Theory at the Peabody Institute, Jazz Studies under Dr. Gary Fienberg, and trombone under Mr. Donald Harwood, bass trombonist for the New York Philharmonic. Upon graduation, he was awarded membership into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Musician’s Honors Society whose prestigious members include Victor Borge, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Percy Grainger, Frederick Loewe, and Vincent Persichetti. Following his undergraduate work at TCNJ, he also studied advanced theory and composition under Dr. Joel Phillips at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Mr. Gagnon has performed extensively in numerous ensembles including principal trombonist in John Nobile’s Summer Swing Orchestra, The Brass Tacks Orchestra, The River City Bones, The Lighthouse Brass, The Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, The Garden State Philharmonic, and the Eastern Wind Symphony- most notably under the baton of Alfred Reed. He is also a musical director for Our Gang Players, and former production designer and artistic director for the Ocean Township Theater Organization. Mr Gagnon has served as a coordinator for the annual SOCH Benefit Jazz Festival, and staff member on two trips to Europe with the All American Youth in Concert under the direction of his mentor, Dr. William Silvester. Mr. Gagnon has traveled extensively, performing abroad in three tours of Germany, France and Austria with various musical organizations, and is the founder and director of the Jersey Coast Youth Bands- a community ensemble for 5th-8th graders in Ocean County.