About Mr. McGrath

About Mr. McGrath

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Mr. Daniel McGrath is very excited to have to opportunity to serve as Instrumental Music Teacher & Jazz Band Director at Russell O. Brackman Middle School for the 2018-2019 School Year. This will be Mr. McGrath's third full year of teaching in the Barnegat Township School District.

Previously Mr. McGrath served as General Music Teacher at Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School & Joseph T. Donahue Elementary School, where he was the Chorus Director and Drama Club Director at LMDS, and the Chorus Director and Assistant Band Director at JTDS. In addition, he served as the Part-Time Instrumental Music Teacher at Cecil S. Collins Elementary School from March-June 2016. Mr. McGrath is also in his second year serving as a Volunteer Music Teacher for the Barnegat Township High School Marching Band.

Mr. McGrath attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA), where he received a dual Bachelor of Music Degrees (B.M.) in both Music Education, and Trumpet Performance. As a student at West Chester, he was an active member of the School of Music, participating as a member of the Wind Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, "Incomparable" Golden Rams Marching Band, and Statesmen Jazz Ensemble. In Fall 2018, Mr. McGrath will begin pursuing a Masters of Music Degree (M.M.) in Wind Band Conducting through Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA).

In addition to his educational experience, Mr. McGrath is an active Trumpet Player throughout the Tri-State Area. Currently, Mr. McGrath performs with the Brass Tacks Jazz Orchestra (Manahawkin, NJ). In addition, he may be seen performing at Yankee Stadium as a member of City Beats, the Official Brass Band of New York City Football Club (NYCFC) through Gallant Entertainment Inc (Brooklyn, NY). At the same time, Mr. McGrath has performed for a variety of musicals for high school and community theater pit orchestras throughout the state of New Jersey.

Mr. McGrath is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association (SJBODA), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).

As a music educator, Mr. McGrath believes that music is for everyone! Regardless of age, talent, skill, or ability, music is an art form that can be achieved by all students through performance.

Mr. McGrath was a graduate of the Lacey Township High School Class of 2010, and still resides in his hometown of Forked River, New Jersey. 

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Mr. McGrath performing the Star Spangled Banner as a member of "City Beats," for New York City Football Club's MLS Soccer Match at Yankee Stadium (Bronx, NY - September 2017)