KM  Laurie J. Kunzle

Laurie J. Kunzle

  Composer - Performer - Educator

Laurie J. Kunzle is a music educator and composer residing in Northern New Jersey.  She has taught for 34 years and has been the Director of Bands at Lakeland Regional High School (NJ) for the past 25 years.  She holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Master of Arts in Music Theory/Composition from Montclair State University.


Laurie has written music for many marching bands and drum corps on the U.S. east coast & in England and she has composed original works for concert band and chamber ensembles. Her compositions have been played by the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Hanover Wind Symphony, and the NJ Region I Band.   Commissions for compositions from The First Presbyterian Church, White Bear Lake, MN, Ben Franklin Middle School, Ridgewood, NJ, and Vernon Township HS in Vernon, NJ.


Laurie has been involved with drum corps as a horn player (including the '85 DCI Champion Cadets), drum major (for the DCA Champion Bushwackers), and brass instructor and caption head with several corps.  She has written brass scores and worked on the design teams for several corps including The Bushwackers of Harrison, NJ, The Connecticut Hurricanes, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy drum and bugle corps, and the Pride of Bristol drum and bugle corps of Bristol, England.


As a clarinetist Laurie has performed with the National Community Band in Las Vegas, the Ridgewood Concert Band/New Jersey Wind Symphony, and as concert master with the Ramapo Wind Symphony.  She has conducted over 30 musicals and performed as a reed player for many theaters including; The Barn Theater, The Oradel Players, & West Milford Players. She has studied conducting with Mallory Thompson and Jeffrey Renshaw and toured Europe with the American Music Abroad concert bands as a conductor for "several hundred high school honors musicians".

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