Assistant Music Director

Danial Zugale Photo

Daniel Zugale

Assistant Music Director


Daniel Zugale is a recent addition to the percussion section of the Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony, having joined in the spring of 2019. Dan graduated from Mason Gross in 2000 with his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, and went on to earn a Masters in Wind Band Conducting from Mason Gross in 2007. For the past 12 years, he has been the band director at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. Prior to that, he taught middle school band in Westfield. His ensembles have earned numerous awards including Gold ratings at the CJMEA band festival, and performances at the NJBA All-State Band Gala, NJMEA conference, and NAfME All-Eastern Conference.


Dan is thrilled to be able to share some conducting responsibilities with Chris and thankful for the support of the membership and RUAWS board. He is also grateful for the support of his wife Lauren, who he met at Rutgers, and his two children, Kevin and Caroline. He is excited to be able to rehearse and perform with such a wonderful group of people once again!



Photo courtesy of The Messenger-Gazette