Paul Nagle (b. 1 March 1941, Altoona, Penn.) is an American educator, trumpeter and composer.
Nagle began the study of trumpet at age nine, and began arranging for band while still in high school. He later played trumpet and studied arranging with bandleader Ed McGuire, and jazz trumpeter-arranger Jon Eardley.
Nagle studied at the Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in music), and took post-graduate work in composition and arranging at the Eastman School of Music. Nagle was the winner of the Music Journal Award at the 1964 Eastman Arrangers’ Lab-Institute. While there he studied with Rayburn Wright and Manny Albam. He also studied trumpet later with Ray Crisara and Carmine Caruso.
Nagle taught for 33 years in the public schools of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 29 of which were in South Plainfield, New Jersey. He has been an adjudicator at school band events and presently is on the adjunct music faculty at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.
Nagle has played trumpet with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra under Paul Lavalle, Atlantic City Show orchestras, the Garden State Symphonic Band, the Tex Beneke Band, and the latter-day Harry James Orchestra, under Art Depew.
As a composer, Nagle has over 150 published compositions to his credit, most of which are for small ensembles. He has been the chief arranger for the Garden State Symphonic Band for 33 years.
Works for Winds
- Bill’s Boogie (1980)
- Design for Bass (1971)
- Jive for Five (arr Golemo; ed. Holcombe) (1982/1985/2015)
- Overture for a Sunday Afternoon (1992)
- Riverboat Rag (1983)
- Tale of the Comet (1986)
- Tango Ole (1980)
- That’s A-Plenty (1988)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Paul Nagle." Accessed 14 March 2020