Current Members



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Joseph Maggiore

Founder/Director 2012-2015

My passion for music began early on as a pianist, at the age of seven. In elementary school, I transferred my piano skills over to an additional instrument, trombone. After five years of trombone, I began to play tuba. I was in the school band ever since fourth grade, and was the Tuba/Sousaphone Section Leader for the Freehold Township Marching Band. Through playing Tuba, I have played in multiple select ensembles including the Region II New Jersey High School Symphonic Band. Throughout middle school I participated in multiple ensembles including a steel pan ensemble and a percussion ensemble. In these bands, I learned the basics of creating percussion music and directing an ensemble. I have always had a passion for music and helping people. Creating Beats for a Cause has let me fuse these two passions. Beats for a Cause changes people's lives through music and directing this musical ensemble has most definitely changed my life in more ways than I probably know. 

Alison Pagalilauan

Director Age 18

I'm from Freehold, NJ and have been playing music since elementary school. I began playing the flute in third grade, after which I played in my elementary and middle school bands. This group stood out to me as a fun and unique way to help the community. I love being a part of something as impactful as Beats for a Cause because it's more than just arbitrary charity work. There is a tremendous overlap between having fun, making music, and giving back that is incredibly rewarding.

Natalie Pugliese

Director Age 18

I live in Middletown, NJ and have been playing piano since the age of 5. I've devoted a lot of time to piano and have played in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Mozart Hall in Vienna, Austria. I'm on the board for a non-profit piano organization that helps raise money for different charities. I started playing the bells and other percussion instruments in fourth grade and wanted a way to continue playing them in high school. Beats for a Cause gave me a way to play my bells while also helping raise money for charity.

Devonn Smith

Age 18

I come from Keyport, NJ and I have always been interested in music. I started playing the piano when I was five and I was enrolled in my school band when I was seven. I was an active member in that band for many years until I came to Biotechnology High School, where I met Joe Maggiore and a few other members of Beats for a Cause. I heard of the group and thought it would be a great way to get involved in the community and help those in need, all while incorporating music as well. I enjoy being in Beats for a Cause very much and I see very positive things in our future.

Carey Lau

Age 17

I'm from Freehold, NJ. Music has always been part of my life, and I've been playing piano for as long as I can remember. I started playing the clarinet in 4th grade in school and I participate in marching and concert band. In 7th grade, I taught myself the ukulele. My interest in music continues to push me to try new things. I always look to expand musically, which is why I joined Beats for a Cause. I am very excited to be a part of this group. It is an exciting honor for me to give back to the community by making music.

Dylan Cook

Age 18

I'm from Marlboro, NJ and I have always had a passion for music. For years I would listen to music, but I only started playing music around the age of 10. I started off playing the guitar on my own and clarinet in school bands. I soon fell out of practice with the guitar, but continued playing the clarinet until the end of middle school. Coming to Biotechnology High School meant the end of school bands and marked the beginning of my hiatus from playing music. It wasn't long before I felt the urge to play again. I began the process of relearning guitar and touching up on the clarinet at the end of my freshman year. This was also around the time when I got to know Joe Maggiore and became interested in Beats for a Cause. I love being a member of the group and working with such talented people!

Juliana DiGiacomo

Age 18

I hail from Freehold, NJ and I've had a passion for music for as long as I can remember. Coming from a family of musicians, music has always been an important aspect of my life. I learned to play my first instrument, the guitar, at age seven. After four years, I began vocal and piano lessons as well. Although I struggled with learning the piano, it helped me become a better musician. At age thirteen I began to play the banjo as well. Through my music instructor, I performed often at coffee houses and charity events. This allowed me to overcome my crippling stage fright and give back to the community. I still wanted to further extend myself as a musician, which led me to join Beats for a Cause. This group has allowed me to express myself as a musician while also helping charitable causes and I am happy to be a part of it.

Michael Brennan

Age 18

I’m from Manasquan, NJ. I started to take piano lessons at a very young age, but stopped very soon after due to the cost. That is when I began teaching myself piano. I learned popular songs by ear and practiced playing them at home. I found this method of learning music was much more interesting than traditional lessons. I played the baritone horn in elementary school band, which was my first experience playing with a group. At Biotech, I was instantly interested in Music Club, and I play in all the concerts we hold. Beats for a Cause struck me as an amazing way to practice music and serve the community simultaneously. That is why I joined and I’m very glad I did.

Ethan Seltzer


Ethan is a freshman at Cornell University majoring in biology.

Alec Battaglia


Ethan Wagner


Ethan is a sophomore at the University of Hartford majoring in acoustic engineering and music.

Hunter Davey


Hunter is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University dual majoring in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Robbie Greenberg


Robbie is a sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in mechanical engineering.

Justin Hall


Justin is a sophomore at Rutgers University majoring in pharmacy.

Alex Kaunzinger


Alex is a sophomore at George Washington University majoring in biology on a pre-med track.

Nicole Seltzer


Nicole is a senior at Rutgers University majoring in criminal justice.