Dennis H. Argul -Leader in Education Award for the Dance To Learn Program

Dennis H. Argul has been a NJ Public School educator for thirty three years. Dennis has taught music in the Bayonne, Jersey City and Newark Public Schools, working in the following roles: General Music teacher, Instrumental Music teacher, Marching Band Director Jazz Band Director, Concert Band Director, Wind Symphony Director, Musical Production Director, Brass Ensemble Director, Percussion Ensemble Director, Music Theory teacher, Music History teacher, Music Technology teacher, Tri M Advisor, Gospel Choir advisor, Step Team advisor, Steel Pan advisor, and Varsity Soccer Coach!

Dennis is currently in his sixth, and final,year as Supervisor of Music for the Elizabeth Public Schools where he oversees eighty six music, dance and drama faculty. He is happy to have been a part of a magnificent performing arts team who strives to bring the best arts education experiences to all of their students. The citizens of the community understand and support the education of the whole child and during the last six years the ​programs have all grown and flourished with the collaboration of all the performing arts team

members. Despite the obstacles faced, performing arts education is alive and well in Elizabeth, NJ.

Dennis also has served as an adjunct Professor at NJCU, and is currently an adjunct for Montclair State University and Kean University. He is also on the Board of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, serving as the Advocacy and Administration Chair, and the Board of the New Jersey Administrators Association, serving as the Advocacy Chairman. Dennis is also a active member of Dance NJ and Speech and Theater Actors of NJ.

Dennis is also an active freelance low brass musician, specializing on the bass trombone. He is also an arranger, composer and adjudicator for various musical organizations.

This will be Dennis’ final year in public education, as he plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Dennis is excited to be taking on a new role as Senior Director of Music and Education for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS in Montclair, NJ.

When he is not working, which is not often, Dennis enjoys being a husband to June, his wife of thirty years, father to Sarah, Taylor, Sydney and Hannah and grandfather to Jaxon, Emerson, Bailey and Warren.