Dan Musacchio is the Director of Bands at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas, where he teaches the wind ensemble, assists with the full orchestra, and directs the award winning Cedar Ridge Raider Band and Color Guard. Under his direction, the Cedar Ridge band has been a UIL State Marching Band Finalist and a Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist. In October 2022, the Cedar Ridge Raider Band was named the Bands of America West Houston Regional Champion, achieving the first regional win in the school’s history. In addition, all three of Cedar Ridge’s concert bands have earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading.
From 2017 to 2021, Mr. Musacchio was an Assistant Band and Orchestra Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas. Under his assistance, the bands and orchestras consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL contests. The marching band was a regular Bands of American Regional, Super Regional, and Grand Nationals finalist, winning four regionals and one super regional. He assisted the wind ensemble with their application and performance at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. As an avid bassoonist, Mr. Musacchio grew the double reed program to produce multiple TMEA All State students during his tenure.
Prior to moving to Texas, Mr. Musacchio was the Director of Orchestras at his alma mater, Bridgewater Raritan High School, in Bridgewater, New Jersey. There, he developed a booster organization from the ground up to support the orchestra program, which grew from two to four orchestral ensembles under his direction. In 2016, the Symphony Orchestra applied and was accepted to the Music For All National Festival; the first national festival acceptance in the school’s history.
Mr. Musacchio attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland where, at the latter, he received two bachelor’s degrees in music education and bassoon performance. His principal bassoon teachers include Dr. Brian Kershner, Kim Laskowski, and Sue Heineman Mr. Musacchio currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary.