In 1977, Charles M. Pagnard joined the Cedarville University faculty where he is currently a full professor of Music. His duties include conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and Brass Choir. He also teaches studio trumpet and Instrumental Conducting and Brass Methods. He holds a BME degree from Bowling Green State University and an MM degree from Eastman School of Music. He has also done post-graduate work at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His major teachers include Sidney Mear, Edwin Betts, Ettore Chiudioni, Allen Dean, and Vincent Cichowicz.
Pagnard has been active as a trumpet soloist and clinician for the Bach Instrument Company. He is currently principal trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Carillon Brass. He also performs as an extra musician with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He has recorded with the Carillon Brass (Integra Music) and the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc).
Since 1988, he has led the 20-member Cedarville Brass Choir on extensive tours to Israel, Hungary, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Greece, where the group performed concerts in churches, schools, concert halls, and various other locations. This ensemble has released a recording with Integra Music entitled At the Last Trumpet. On this recording, he is soloist and conductor.
Pagnard has toured with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops to Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Puerto Rico. He also has served as guest musician with Cincinnati May Festival Chorus on their tour to former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Italy. Currently, he is Minister for Music and Worship at Washington Heights Baptist Church in Kettering, Ohio and a grandfather of triplets!