Prior to coming to Cedarville, Pagnard was director of bands at Sandusky Perkins High School, Sandusky, Ohio. and Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine.
At Cedarville, Pagnard serves as a studio teacher, brass choir conductor, university orchestra conductor and symphonic band conductor. He has also taught classes on music education, church music and applied music.
At the beginning of his performing career spent two years travelling as a rock musician for United Artists opening concerts for groups such as Three Dog Night, The Carpenters and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Pagnard also has the distinction of being the principal trumpet player for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (a position he has held for the past 37 years) and first trumpet for the award-winning Carillon Brass. He has also been an active performer with several symphonies and orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Throughout his career as a performer Pagnard has traveled and played all over the world.
“My career in music as a performer has brought many enjoyable and fulfilling experiences. I have traveled with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Austria, Switzerland as well as several United States tours,” said Pagnard.
He said two of his most memorable moments as a performer was playing at the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall as well as playing with a group called Eurobrass.
Pagnard says that he consider himself blessed to be both a performer and a teacher. “Both offer rewards, but to me it is extremely gratifying to help a young musician work through difficulties to achieve his or her potential. Music is a deeply enriching gift from God and it is wonderfully fulfilling to pass the love of this gift on to others. My most memorable experiences as a teacher are parallel to the successes of my students.”
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