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Phil Aguglia A brief history of PaGu Batons:

In the summer of 2007, we adopted a golden retriever puppy who loved to wake me up at 4:30am. With a little time on my hands before leaving for school, I started to play around with a lathe that my father had given me years earlier, but never had the time or need to use it. Being a conductor, the only thing that came to mind was to make a baton handle for myself. From that point friends and colleagues encouraged me to continue making these crude batons for them. A year later the musicians of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned me to make an anniversary gift baton and case for their music director Joann Falletta for the celebration of her 10th season with the orchestra. It was at this point that I feverishly worked to refine my skills as a woodworker to produce the most beautiful product possible. At this point, I called the batons the PaGu 430 Brand which is a take off of my first initial of my first name, first three initials of my last name and the time of the morning I was making my batons.

Today and beyond:

The PaGu 430 Brand has evolved into PaGu Batons and continues to grow into a world-wide name for excellence in the art of baton making and our web store is becoming a one-stop shop for conducting supplies. PaGu Batons is continuing to grow into a global brand having a presence in retailers throughout the world.

Who is Phil Aguglia:

Phil Aguglia’s passion for music was ignited as a student in the City of Buffalo School Public School system learning to play the trumpet. He was fortunate to have some amazing teachers that provided many unique opportunities which eventually lead him to major in music education at Ithaca College where he received his Bachelors of Music Education and later at SUNY Fredonia to complete his Masters in Music. During his 21 years as an educator he has been blessed with the opportunity to teach in Medford, MA, West Valley, NY, Cleveland Hill USFD in Cheektowaga, NY, and since 2002 Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, NY. He has been the recipient of several awards for excellence and commitment to music education, was a 2015 Semi-Finalist for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award. Phil is a sought after conductor, clinician, and speaker, serves as Chairman of the Board for the Music is Art non-for-profit organization, and is the owner and craftsman of PaGu Batons. Phil and his wife Cindy have two incredible boys Jacob and Griffin.

Thank you for your interest in PaGu Batons. We hope to work with your for years to come.

Phil Aguglia