I graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in Music Education. After graduation, I continued to work at Falcetti Music Studios where I chaired the Percussion Department developing the percussion curriculum as well as expanding the program to include studies in total percussion. While at the studio, I carried a full load of private students and percussion ensembles (approximately 30 hours a week). Teachers were and still are required to enroll students in the New England Music Festival. I consistently led teachers from all studios in percentage of enrolled and festival winners. I was instrumental in the implementation of adding percussion ensembles, multiple percussion and state championship categories. I have adjudicated at this festival for the last six years. Many of my students performed in their respective high school ensembles, went on to colleges for music and/or business degrees and continue to play professionally. Additional duties at the studio included Assistant General Manager, Sales, Marketing, Purchasing and School Department Liason.
I have been a performing percussionist since 1972. My background and performances are varied and have included band leader and sideman for various ethnic ensembles, country, rock, original, theater, classical and currently with the Latin/jazz quintet, S'fere. Among some of my career highlights are receiving the Distinguished Musician’s Certificate presented by the US Marines Youth Foundation and the National Band Association, traveling and performances in the Bahamas and Carnegie Hall.
After leaving Falcetti Music, I worked for The Hartford Insurance Group in various capacities which included telemarketing, consulting, productivity improvement and as an IT Developer. After 25 years of service I retired and currently work as a substitute teacher.
I possess over forty years of experience working with children to achieve academically, musically and athletically. Additionally I have worked with my three sons to achieve and sustain high levels of success from elementary school through their high school and college careers and beyond.
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