Born and raised in Cincinnati, Mr. McLaughlin moved to New Hampshire in the eighth grade. Graduating from Plymouth State College in 1988, he won the Granite State Piano Competition that same year. He has been involved in music education for over 25 years as a private piano/theory teacher and clinician, and has spent many years performing as a freelance jazz/rock pianist and vocalist throughout the United States, including New England and New York City. At Gould, Mr. McLaughlin has directed both the band and choral programs, worked as the technical director in Gould’s fall theater productions, and directed the pit band in the spring musicals. He is an advisor and teaches music in the classroom, including classes in Jazz History and Music Technology. Through a partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, he oversees the distance learning program. Still active as a performer, Mr.McLaughlin brings his passion for live music to his students. He lives in West Bethel with his two children, Tarin ’16 and Finnian ’20.