Director of Bands – Joel Galway

Mr. Galway was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended West Virginia University on a full Presidential Scholarship in the Arts and earned his Bachelor of Music, Magma Cum Laude in 1995. While at WVU, Mr. Galway was a member of the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble I, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and the award-winning “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band. He studied euphonium and trombone with Richard Powell, jazz with Curtis Johnson, and conducting with Don Wilcox and Lawrence Christianson. He began his teaching career at Owings Mills High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. During his 8 years at Owings Mills, Mr. Galway taught beginning and intermediate guitar, music technology, general music, adaptive music for students with special needs, and directed the OMHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. He worked on a curriculum development committee for high school general music and co-wrote the guitar curriculum used by all Baltimore County high schools. Mr. Galway has been at Freedom High School since opening day in 2005. He currently directs the Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band.