Paul McGarr is currently teaching in Toronto at the prestigious Upper Canada College where he has been the Director of Bands at the Preparatory School since 2007. He has over 24 years of teaching experience throughout southern Ontario from the Director of Jazz Studies and Concert Bands at Toronto’s Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Director of the Jazz Program at Westdale Secondary School, and Five years with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, to 15 years as musical director, composer, arranger and consultant to many prominent Drum Corps throughout Ontario.
His Bands have received many accolades and awards at Regional, National, International and World Championship Festivals all over North America, most recently having his Grade 7 Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band receive a Gold medal of distinction on the Musicfest Canada stage in Toronto in 2015. They have also recently been invited to, and performed in Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Lincoln Center Allen Room in New York City.
His Education consists of Majoring in Jazz Performance studies (trumpet) with a minor in composition at the University of Toronto and an Honours Degree from Mohawk College’s Applied Music program.
Paul is also in high demand as an adjudicator and clinician, working all over North America for such sanctions as Drum Corps International, Music for All, Bands of America, Fiesta-val and Heritage music Festivals, having the pleasure of adjudicating the Drum Corps World Championships and the United States National Championships 15 times in recent years.
He, his wife, Jackie, with sons, Joshua, Mitchell and Andrew, and daughter, Jordyn, reside in Brantford, Ontario.