Notice: All Floridians and wannabe mousketeers. I, along with the Grove City College, Marching Wolverine and Jazz Band, will be performing this Friday at Disney World. If you’re close, please come down and say hello! The best spot to catch me (and us!) will be at 11:20 a.m. on Friday, the 24th at the Magic Kingdom Galaxy Palace Theater (located in Tomorrowland), where I will be directing the our Disney Jazz Band Combo.
It’s a full jazz layout, including 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, plus piano, guitar, bass guitar, and set.
We will be performing:
- My Favorite Things
- Orange Colored Sky (Vocal)
- Hello Again (Vocal)
- Friend Like Me
- Colors of the Wind (Vocal)
- Woodchoppers ball
It will be a grand time and the jazz group, well… Rocks! Also, Dr. Arnold and I will be parading our “Division 1”, from a “Division 3 school” Marching Band through the Magic Kingdom Park at 2:30 p.m. the same day. Getting ready for this event has been both real fun and real time consuming (as many of you know). Hey, I hear the Chief Magic Official, Justin Muchoney, will be there as well! :)
Here’s to a Magical day!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.