The ECMS Jazz Educators Ensemble was formed in the summer of 2006 and was founded by Bill Tiberio with wonderful support from then ECMS dean Dr. Howard Potter. Members of the ensemble include public and private school educators, retired teachers, private lesson instructors, and related career professionals. The ensemble exists to give Rochester-area music educators an outstanding outlet to perform the best traditional and contemporary large ensemble jazz repertoire, and to provide professional development opportunities to teachers. Recent years have seen the band delving into newer compositions, while never neglecting the rich history of the master big band composers. In March, the ensemble was invited to perform as a featured group at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium in Syracuse, NY.
Bill Tiberio is in his 33rd year as a music educator, and has been on the staff at ECMS for over 25 years. He is a band director at Fairport High School where his concert band has been awarded seven consecutive NYSSMA ratings of Level 6 Gold with Distinction and his jazz bands have been recognized in downbeat magazine. He is recipient of the University of Rochester Excellence in Secondary Teaching award, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Educators award, and was a quarter finalist in the 2012 Grammy Music Educator awards. He directs the ECMS Music Educators Wind Ensemble, the University of Rochester Wind Symphony, Brass Choir, Jazz Ensemble, the Ithaca College Wednesday Night Jazz Lab and Campus Jazz Band, and the SUNY Geneseo Jazz Ensemble. His own band, the Bill Tiberio Band recently released their third CD titled "Joy."
Bill is extremely grateful to be working with these extraordinary musicians and people. We are proud to perform for an audience of music lovers at the XRIJF, and thank John Nugent and Marc Iacona for this exciting opportunity to perform.
Bill Tiberio, director
Saxes: Bryan Bricco, Ken Scott, John Viavattine, Michael Sapienza, Michael Edwards, Tyler Wiessner
Trumpets: Bob Viavattine, Tom Davis, Mike Kaupa, Dave Savine, Jim Farrington
Trombones: Scott Quinlan, Scott Hoffman, Sean Joseph, Matt Bond, Paul Abel, Amber Love
Drums: Aaron Staebell, Matt Bevan-Perkins
Bass: Dave Kluge
Piano: Greg Kane
Guitar: Harvey Possemato
Greg Gascon: vibes
Vocals: Stephanie LaBarge