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Who We Are by Dale Baldwin
Dale R. Baldwin is a private teacher, musician, conductor, clinician, and composer for indie projects and video games from Naugatuck, Connecticut. He is the current Band Director for Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT.
Dale received his Bachelor of Arts in Percussion degree from the University of Connecticut in May of 2012 and his Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Bridgeport in May of 2017. In his studies, he has taken advanced courses in composition, orchestration, conducting, percussion technique, and brass technique. He has 18 years experience in percussion, 20 years experience in guitar, and 27 years experience in piano. Dale's teachers include Grammy award-winning marimbist Haruka Fujii of the Silk Road Ensemble, Grammy award-winning composer Kenneth Fuchs, and American Symphony Orchestra percussionist Javier Diaz, among other musical experts.
Dale once held a freelance instrumental composer for Ear Goo Inc. in New York City, composing multi-genre works for film, television, promotional trailers, and advertisements. His vast clientele included household names such as Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Sony, Revlon, and Coca-Cola. His original music for marching band was performed on a weekly basis during the 2012 competitive season in USSBA Class III competitions around Connecticut by the Trojan Marching Band at Lyman Hall High School, where he previously held a position as their percussion instructor.
As a clinician, Dale has been asked on an annual basis to judge timpani, mallet percussion, and snare drum at several Regional and All-State Music Festivals around the state since 2009. He has also given presentations on the importance of installing/maintaining a music and arts curriculum in the Connecticut public school system as well as the history and proper care of mallet percussion instruments.
As a performing musician, Dale has appeared in several venues across the state, most recently at the storied Shubert Theater in New Haven, which hosted the world premiere of Dale's "Les Reves de Jeunesse Oubliée," an original piano solo that was well-received. He hosted his first Composition Recital on April 3, 2012 at the Von Der Mehden Recital Hall, where Dale showcased six live, original works, including a piano solo, a euphonium solo, a woodwind sextet, and a percussion quartet. Dale has played in live productions and musicals with both the Connecticut Repertory Theater and the Church of the Resurrection Youth Group, while winning numerous awards for his musicianship, including Lyman Hall’s “Outstanding Musician Award” for three consecutive years. Outside of music, Dale’s interests include baseball, video games, creative writing, jogging, and the ocean.
As a private teacher, Dale strives to ignite a passion for classical and instrumental music regardless of the instrument, and firmly believes that the art of making music is both satisfying and rewarding for both the short and the long-term. Because there are so many different types and genres out there, he knows that music is something every person can enjoy regardless of their differences, and so his ultimate goal for each and every pupil is to inspire and cultivate a newfound appreciation for the musical world. You can schedule an introductory lesson with Dale by sending him an email with all necessary information included!