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
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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