Artistic Staff

Shane Smuin
Director

Born into a family of performers, Shane’s been on stage and backstage, one way or another, since he was six months old when his father carried him onto the Kennedy Center Main Stage for a performance of the ballet “Petrushka.” In 2006, he came back home to the Bay Area to pursue his true calling in life… teaching. For the last ten years, Shane has taught and directed theatre at Aragon High School. His past Aragon musical productions include: “9 to 5”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”,“Seussical”, ”Into The Woods”, “Chicago”, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “Batboy”, “Curtains”, and ”The Producers.” Shane has his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University, and an M.F.A. from The Actor’s Studio.

Kevin Gallagher
Director of Bands

Kevin joined Aragon as Director of Bands in 2018. As a professional trombonist and percussionist, Kevin has performed with artists including Kim Richmond, The Fresno Philharmonic, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, and the Moonlight Jazz Quartet. Outside of Aragon, Kevin is also a Professor of Music Education at the College of San Mateo. Previously, Kevin taught a variety of music classes at Hillsdale High School. An Aragon alumnae, Kevin has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from California State University, Fresno. During his tenure at CSUF, Kevin studied with Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. James Miley, Paul Shaghoian, and Dr. Gary Gilroy.

John Chen
Vocal Director

John is the Choir and Orchestra teacher at Aragon High School and the Music Director of United Church of Christ in San Carlos. He received his degree in Music Education and Performance in Voice and Piano from San Francisco State University, and Kodaly Certification from Holy Names University. He also worked at the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has studied organ with Thomas Bara, piano with Virginia Weckstrom, and voice with Beverly Rinaldi, Jeffery Norris & Irene Gubrud.

Danny Giray
Choreographer

Danny is known around the Bay Area as “Danny G” – a successful, self-titled Children’s dance and movement show. He has a background in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater, Southern Philippine dance, hip-hop and children’s dance therapy. He is a Master-Artist for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and previously was the Artistic Director of the Young Extensions Children & Dance Theatre. Danny has received several California Arts Council “Artist-in-Residence” awards for his work with Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto, an outreach program teaching underprivileged youth. Danny has taught dance at San Francisco State and for the San Francisco Ballet’s “Dance In School’s” program.