M.A.I. Foundation board member Dr. David Gaines is the Curriculum Associate for Music in the Massapequa Public Schools System in Nassau County of Long Island, New York. Prior to his current appointment he was the band director at Massapequa High School for twenty-one years. During that time, his ensembles routinely performed at a high level of achievement. In addition to his duties as a band director he ran the chamber winds program which performed such repertoire as Strauss Serenade for Winds and Gounod Petit Symphonie.

Dr. Gaines has received degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Queens College of the City University of New York , George Mason University, and Columbia University. His specialties include wind conducting and instrumental music education. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate music education courses at Queens College.

In 1999 Dr. Gaines developed the college-level music history curriculum at Massapequa High School as part of the Secondary Collegiate Articulated Learning Experience (S.C.A.L.E.) program, administered under the cooperative aegis of Long Island University / C.W. Post Campus.

Dr. Gaines is an active New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) member and is currently serving as the Association's 2nd Vice-President. In this role he oversees all student related activities. Prior to this he represented Zone 13 (Nassau County) on the NYSSMA Executive Council. He has also served as a major ensembles, all-state and regular brass adjudicator, NYSSMA Manual Band, and Wind Ensemble chair. Additionally, he has assisted in the training of new brass adjudicators.

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