New York, NY
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Anthony M. Romeo II has been a professional percussionist and educator since 1991. He has written for and instructed high school bands at Lindenhurst, Levittown Division Avenue, Mineola, Seaford, Garden City, Roslyn and Clark High School in Nevada, Las Vegas, along with instructing and arranger for the Long Island Indoor Marching Percussion Group “Rage”. He has performed in various orchestras, concerts and musicals throughout Long Island as well as being a private percussion instructor. Presently he performs with "The Symphonic Band of Suffolk", "The Atlantic Winds Symphony" and is a member of the “Stik Figures Percussion Ensemble,” a contemporary percussion ensemble which is based on Long Island, NY. They perform various clinics and educational performances and are endorsed by Mike Balter Mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, Beiner Bags and Silver Fox Drum Sticks.
He has earned degrees of B.S. in Music Education and M.A. in Wind Conducting from Hofstra University, studying conducting with Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft. While attending Hofstra University he performed with the Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, various jazz combos, operatic productions and was one of the principal percussionists for over ten years in the Hofstra Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Past percussion instructors has been James Pirone, the “Hip Pickles” leader and founder Chet Doboe, Phil Cimino and Anthony Ambrogio.
He holds memberships in many national and countywide organizations and is presently on the executive board of SCMEA as one of the chairpersons for the Suffolk County Day of Percussion. Judging involvement consists of NYSSMA All-State Percussion, NYSSMA Major Organizations and past percussion judge for M.A.A. / E.M.B.A. He has also presented clinics for SCMEA, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and BOCES Arts in Education.
His teaching endeavors include; Wind bands, Percussion Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles, Pit Orchestras, Jazzbands, Indoor Drumlines and Competitive Marching Bands. He has been a Band Director since 1995, teaching two years in the Islip Public School District, five years at Lindenhurst High School, five years at Mineola High School and is presently a Director of Bands at Seaford High School. Past honors have been; guest conductor for the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) All-County Band, and guest author in “The School Music News”.