DAVID N. JOST has recently retired after 14 years as the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Westborough Public Schools. He has been a professional music educator for the past 36 years. During this time, he taught at the elementary, high school, and collegiate level in a wide variety of areas: Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Music History, Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2, Advanced Placement Theory, Modernism and the Virtual High School’s Music Appreciation and Composition class. He holds a Master of Music in Education Degree from the University of Lowell (1987), and he obtained his Bachelor of Music Education from Lowell State College in 1978. In 1998, the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts honored Mr. Jost as the Music Teacher of the Year for the Arts. He was also honored by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 innovators in the United States (December 30, 1998). Mr. Jost is on the faculty of Assumption College in Worcester as the director of their jazz ensemble. In 2011, he was awarded the Administrators in Music Education – Visionary Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of arts programs in Massachusetts. He is also a recipient of the Lowell Mason Award, which is presented to outstanding music educators by the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association. He remains an active member of the MMEA and once served as the All-State Jazz Band manager for the 2004 Massachusetts All-State Conference. He also served as co-chair of the Administrators in Music Education for 14 years.
Mr. Jost has been an active participant in MAJE since 1986, serving as a District Coordinator, Secretary, Publicity Chair, Combo/Choir Chair, and most recently served as Treasurer. Mr. Jost was awarded the MAJE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his 30 years of service to MAJE.
Mr. Jost enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle as a professional musician and can frequently be found performing with many local ensembles as a sideman and soloist on both saxophone and clarinet. He currently teaches private lessons on clarinet and saxophone, as well as coaching jazz improvisation. He has a passion for repairing woodwind instruments and works as a woodwind technician for Anthem Musical Instruments in Billerica, MA. He is also an avid sailor who enjoys building and sailing his own craft.
Some of his former teacher include:
Felix Euclair - clarinet, (former JP Sousa Band Member)
Angelo Urbani - clarinet and saxophone
Bill McManus - Blazer's Jazz Band (modeled after Milford Youth Orchestra, Bill was
a member of Boots Musilli's group)
George Perrone - High School
Steve Adams - clarinet / saxophone
Anthony Fulginetti - clarinet
Don Bravo - clarinet / saxophone
Herb Pomeroy - jazz ensemble, line writing
Everett Longstreth - line writing / arranging
Joe Viola - baritone saxophone
Nat Paella - jazz ensemble
Wil Traphagen - wind ensemble
Tom Ferrante - baritone saxophone, sax quartet, jazz ensemble