Joseph Wright has been teaching music in the Andover Schools since 2001. He has been involved in many different parts of the music program, but most of his teaching has been in band. He directed the Andover High School bands until 2013, when he went to work helping the program move it's start from sixth to fourth grade. He has been teaching elementary and middle school bands since. He is also in his fifth year of teaching recorders to the third graders of Bancroft Elementary School. He is the director of the Drama Club at West Middle School, Co-director of the Andover After School Music Program (AASMP), Director of the Andover All-Town Honors Elementary Band, and Director of the Andover Level One Jazz Band. He is the staff music arranger for the Andover High School Golden Warrior Marching Band.
Having grown up in Maine, Mr. Wright began his teaching career there in 1988, leading the bands in the schools in Waterville. He moved to Massachusetts for graduate school and taught early childhood music classes for a year in Chelsea, MA for a year, when his studies led him to an opportunity to lead the concert, marching, and pep bands at Boston University. Over the course of nine years, he taught classes in music education, managed the Young Artists' Orchestra at their Tanglewood Institute, and administered their all-university (non-major) music program. His love of music and teaching fed a desire to return to teaching younger students, and hence his decision to come to Andover.
Mr Wright holds a Bachelors of Music in music education from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters of Music from Boston University. He loves travel, pursuing Amercan history, Celtic culture, baseball, soccer, and golf. His wife, Dr. Amy McGlothlin, is the Director of Bands at Fitchburg State University, and if you ever attend patriotic ceremonies in the town of Andover, you have probably heard her play bagpipes. His son Mack is a student at Bedford High School, and is an avid runner and digital artist.