Biography

Paul Nagle is a well-published composer-arranger of jazz-pop based small ensembles and other music. He is a trumpet player and retired school band director residing in Princeton, New Jersey.

Paul was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he started playing trumpet at age 9, studying mainly with Ray Detwiler through his high school years. He later took arranging lessons from band leader Ed McGuire, and trumpet lessons from noted jazz trumpeter Jon Eardley.

He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music) where he was the co-first trumpet of the Penn State Marching Blue Band, and the leader of the Penn State Big Band. He did post-graduate work at the Eastman School of Music, and was the winner of the Music Journal Award at the Eastman Arrangers’ Lab-Institute in 1964. While there he studied arranging with Ray Wright, Manny Albam, and Fred Karlin. He later studied trumpet privately with Ray Crisara and Carmine Caruso in New York.

Paul taught for many years in the public schools of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, mainly in South Plainfield, NJ. He has been an adjuticator at school band events, and has taught at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, and at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.

He has played trumpet with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra under Paul Lavalle, for major entertainers with Atlantic City show orchestras, with the Tex Beneke Band, and the Harry James Orchestra under Art Depew. He leads his own Dixieland band, the Regency Ramblers, and enjoys playing occasional Dixieland tuba and jazz-cocktail piano. His beginning jazz improvising book, “Melodic Improvising” was published this year.

As a composer-arranger Paul has close to 150 published works. He is the chief arranger and assistant first trumpet of the Garden State Symphonic Band, and is a member of ASCAP.