Highland High School Bands
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Dan Shaut
In the fall of 2017 Shaut accepted the role of Director of Bands at Highland High School where he directs the high school concert band and jazz ensembles. For over a decade, Shaut taught instrumental music in the Kingston (NY) City School District, where he directed elementary and middle school bands as well as the high school jazz band. He has served as adjunct professor of music at the College of St. Rose in Albany for 12 years and, for the past 9 years, in the same capacity at SUNY Ulster. He has taught music majors and minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Shaut has been selected by the music educators associations of Tompkins, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties to lead workshops for music educators or direct honor youth ensembles. An annual highlight for Shaut is being on faculty at his alma mater for the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. At SMA he has taught saxophone lessons and masterclasses, improvisation workshops, co-directed the jazz ensemble and, in 2017, directed the Wind Ensemble.
As artistic director of hvJAZZ, Shaut has founded an annual summer jazz program and the yearlong Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra. Participating students in the hvJAZZ program have studied and performed with GRAMMY award winning jazz musicians including; Terrell Stafford, Chris Vadala, Gary Smulyan, John Mosca, and Dennis Mackrel.
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