Mr. Nugent received his B.M. degree in Music Education from Simpson in 1964. He holds an M.M. degree in Music Education and an Ed.S. in School Administration from Drake University.
Mr. Nugent retired as Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa in 2008. He continues teach on a part-time basic, preparing instrumental majors for careers as public school band directors. While Director of Bands, Mr. Nugent founded the Honor Wind Ensemble Festival for high school musicians, continued to serve as coordinator of the Orpheus Middle School Band Festival and assisted with the establishment of the Simpson College Jazz Festival. Under Mr. Nugent’s direction, the Simpson College Symphonic Band performed as the college honor band at the 2007 Iowa Bandmasters Conference.
Prior to joining the faculty at Simpson College, Mr. Nugent taught for twenty-eight years in Iowa’s public schools where he directed some of the finest band programs. His bands competed successfully at the state, regional and national level. Bands under his direction have performed for the National Band Association Convention, the Iowa Bandmasters Conference, the Minnesota Vikings, Iowa State University and Drake University. His parade bands appeared in the Kentucky Derby Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mr. Nugent has been an active member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, serving as President in 2002-03, State Public Relations Chair, and State Marching Band Affairs Chair. He is also a past member of the Advisory Board to the Iowa High School Music Association.
Mr. Nugent continues to write marching band drill for a number of Iowa bands and is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor. He is an active adjudicator throughout the five-state region.