Two-time grammy-nominated educator, board member for Music is Art and Owner/Craftsman of PaGu Batons of PaGu Batons, Phil Aguglia, joined Rockabilly Greg “In the Flamingo Lounge” on May 4, 2023 to about his music education experience and commitment to his students and community.
Phil Aguglia’s passion for music was ignited as a student in the City of Buffalo School Public School system learning to play the trumpet. He was fortunate to have some amazing teachers that provided many unique opportunities which eventually led him to major in music education at Ithaca College where he received his Bachelors of Music Education and later at SUNY Fredonia to complete his Masters in Music. He is the author of the “Thinking out of the Box ” instrumental music curriculum where students can go from beginners to college material in four years of instruction.
During his career as an educator he has been blessed with the opportunity to teach in Medford, MA, West Valley, NY, Cleveland Hill USFD in Cheektowaga, NY, and since 2002 Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, New York. Mr. Aguglia has been recognized for excellence and commitment to music education as the recipient or nominee of over two dozen awards which include the Grammy Foundation (2015 semifinalist/2023 Finalist), People Magazine, Walt Disney Corporation, Erie County Music Educator Association, The Conn/Selmer Corporation, SUNY Buffalo State, the Buffalo Bills, and more. He is a sought-after conductor, clinician, speaker, and has proudly served on the board of trustees for the Music is Art organization since 2008. Phil is also the owner and craftsman of PaGu Batons which are the preferred batons of many of the world’s most prestigious conductors.
Phil and his wife of over twenty years, Cindy, have two incredible boys Jacob and Griffin.