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If you’ve been following along at mustech.net, you know I have two major concerts coming up TODAY. Both the 19 piece Grove City Stage Band and 20 piece Grove City College Jazz Ensemble will be performing their 5thAnnual Winter/Christmas Jazz Concerts at 8:00 p.m. today at the Pew Fine Arts Center in Grove City. Our show is amazing both sonically and visually and takes an incredible chunk of my time to put together both musically and as productions. This year one of the senior college students, Matt Ulrich, has added an incredible snow fall effect to our cyclorama and is a must see!; couple that with all the other amazing stuff we do with lights and movements and well,…it’s AWESOME.
The real point of this post was to let you all know that I’ve received over 10 submissions for the last 5 spots on the ME blogger list and I haven’t had the time to get back to everyone yet so I’m posting to let anyone who may still be interested in submitting know that I’ve CLOSED the Blog submissions for the Official 100 ME Blogger campaign. The last entries we’re all pretty good at first glance, so I’m going to take some extra time to determine which of those have been blogging the longest, content areas, most, etc.
I will be posting the Official list by December 15th of this year as I plan on attending the Mid-West clinic toward the mid-end of the month -so, after that date I will be very busy with it and the holidays. My plan is to post the Official list before I go and I’ll be able to talk about it with my colleagues at Mid-West as well. I’d love to know any of you that are going to Mid-West this year… Let me know here or e-mail me. I’m sure we can fine the time to meet up.
So in summary, it’s going to be a busy few weeks, but… I wanted to put the BRAKES on any more submissions for the ME Blogger campaign as I have enough entries to fill out the campaign. I’m very excited to be looking at the finish line after a 1 year effort on my part AND on all of yours as well! Hallelujah!
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.