Instrumental Music Director
Daniel M. Coyne
Foster-Glocester Regional School District
Mr. Coyne began playing trumpet as a youngster in the sixth grade at the
former Ada S. Hawkins School in Harmony and continued throughout his time at Ponaganset Middle School. During his high school years at LaSalle Academy in
Providence, he received private instruction from Nedo Pandolfi and decided then to make music his career.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in music at the New England Conservatory
of Music, Mr. Coyne pursued graduate studies at Hartt School of Music, the University of Hartford and Rhode Island College.
During the following years, Mr. Coyne served 18 months as a general music
teacher in the North Providence school system. He was conductor/director of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra and from 1992
to 1994 was an executive board member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association. Throughout this time he also played trumpet in orchestras and bands in Massachusetts and Virginia.
In 1989 Mr. Coyne was appointed Director of Music at Johnston High School. At the time the band program consisted of just 12
students. When he left that post in 1995 the Johnston program had blossomed to 350 students - a testament to his teaching skills, dedication, and hard work.
Mr. Coyne joined the Ponaganset High School Music Department in September of 1995 as Concert Band Director, proudly working
alongside his mentor Nedo Pandolfi, who continued to teach Wind Ensemble. When Mr. Pandolfi retired suddenly the following year for health reasons, Mr. Coyne took over teaching duties for the Wind Ensemble, as well.
Since then, Mr. Coyne has led both Concert Band and Wind Ensemble to numerous awards and accolades (see Awards). His skill
as a Director was validated by his Rhode Island peers in August of 1999 when he was asked to conduct the 1999-2000 All-State Band.