Title: Elementary and Middle School Band Director (Retired)
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Fred A. McLaughlin, Retired Elementary and Middle School Band Director, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Mr. McLaughlin was exposed to an array of musical instruments that touched his heart and future. His mother played the piano, his father played the saxophone and cello and his brother piano. Competitive by nature, the young Mr. McLaughlin would listen in on his brother’s piano lessons and later learn the lessons on his own, leading his family to believe he was a child prodigy. In the fourth grade, he started playing the trumpet and by the seventh grade he had went to the drums. Matriculating at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science in music education in 1968 and a Master of Science in music education in 1978.
In his professional career, Mr. McLaughlin flourished as an elementary and middle school band director in Des Moines, Iowa for three decades until commencing his retirement. Notably, he served in the U.S. Army for three years, where he played in the Iowa military band. In 1969, he received a Meritorious Promotion, first in class, from the U.S. Army Element Navy School of Music, which he cites as the highlight of his career. The other great honor of his career was from his former student, who named the tuba she played in a Japanese symphony after him. To remain abreast of his industry, Mr. McLaughlin maintains membership with the Iowa Band Masters Association. He attributes his vast success to good genes, perseverance and taking advantage of opportunities.
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