ABOUT ME

    






Alex Bocchino began teaching in the Summit Public School District in 1998 and is currently the Assistant High School Band Director, Assistant Marching Band Director, Eighth Grade Band Director, Summit HS Big Band Director and founded and directs the Summit High School Percussion Ensemble.

Mr. Bocchino received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, and a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from William Paterson University where he was under the tutelage of percussion pioneer, Raymond DesRoches. At William Paterson he was named Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Mr. Bocchino has also completed graduate coursework at Teachers College, Columbia University and The College of New Jersey.

As a percussionist, Mr. Bocchino has appeared on the YES network as well as National Public Radio. Concert performances have included Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, NJPAC, as well as Harvard and Princeton Universities. As a member of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble he has toured the United States and Europe and recorded for KOCH International Classics, Composers Guild of NJ, Capstone, and Aggregate Music.  Mr. Bocchino’s 1996 KOCH recording of Charles Wuorinen’s Percussion Quartet was recently reissued on the Naxos label.
 
Mr. Bocchino has presented clinics and master classes throughout New Jersey including; the NJEA convention in Atlantic City, and NJMEA Convention in East Brunswick. He was honored with the 2003 Service Award from the Morris Union Jointure Commission in recognition of his participation and commitment to the organization. Mr. Bocchino has had the honor of conducting the inaugural performances of both the Central Jersey Music Educators Intermediate and High School Percussion Ensembles as well as the  2012 CJMEA Intermediate Band. In 2009 Mr. Bocchino was named Director of Percussion Studies at Caldwell University.
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