Alumni

The WPU Percussion Program boasts of some outstanding alumni.  Several of our students have gone on to first-rate graduate schools, including Julliard, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Stoneybrook, Cincinnati Conservatory, and others.  Many of our alums are directing band programs throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.  And several of our alums are touring and recording professionally.  A few of our alums are listed below.

Dr. Michael Aberback – Mike directs the North Arlington Middle School Band program and is active as a freelance performer in the NJ/NYC area. Mike frequently performs with New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.

Joe Bergen(www.joebergen.com) Joe performs with Mantra Percussion, Transit New Music, and the Cellar and Point. He also teaches for NJPAC, is the director of Mantra Youth Percussion and is the district percussion specialist for the Rahway School District teaching students grades 4-12.

John Henry Bishop – composing and performing in the New Jersey area.

Jeff Brown-Band director at Bergenfield High School and rock star.  Feared but loved by his students.

Dr. Paul Carroll – Lives in upstate New York and directs a school band program at the Newburgh Free Academy. Active as a freelance performer. Frequently performs with New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and other groups.

Evan Chertock-Works at Sound On Sound Studio and Showplace Studio. Also a performer who plays with various orchestras including the South Orange Symphony and the principal Timpanist with the Summit Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Cubillas – Teaching in Jersey City, playing gigs in the NJ/NYC area.

Mike DeLuccia– currently the Director of Bands at Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, NJ. He is an involved member of the North Jersey Area Band and gigs on a regular basis. When he is not teaching he spends his time with his wife and 2 children.

Sean Dello Monaco – Sean works at Fall Creek Marimbas in upstate New York, building and repairing instruments. He also performs as a freelance percussionist and drummer in a variety of settings.

Josh DeWald-Josh is currently teaching in the Nutley school district and performing as often as possible.

Anthony Fabrizio-Anthony pursued graduate studies in percussion performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and is now the Director of Bands at West Essex High School in New Jersey.

John Ferrari-Professor Ferrari is on faculty at WPU as well as the Manhattan School of Music.  He is a busy freelancer in the NYC area and beyond.

Jesse Gerbasi – Jesse is teaching K-8 at a school in Newark and is performing as a freelance percussionist in a variety of settings.

Peter Jarvis-Performing and conducting various new-music ensembles, also active as a composer.  Professor Jarvis is on faculty at WPU and also Connecticut College.

Tom Kolor-Performing as a soloist and a member of various new music ensembles.  Attended Julliard for graduate school and is now a professor at SUNY Buffalo.

Rob Lafalce-Teaching private lessons and touring the country with a ska band.

Patrick Lapinski-Teaching and free lancing in the North Jersey area.

Dana Lamarca-Currently touring as a freelance musician and teaching private lessons. His main project is his rock band Waking Lights.

April McCloskey-Teaching private piano and percussion lessons, living in Nebraska.

Dominick Michele-Dominick Michele is currently a mixer / sound designer at Digital Arts NY. He also freelances out of his home studio in NJ and various studios in the NY/NJ area.

Theo Metz-Rock star and college professor.  Currently teaching courses at WP and Montclair State University.

Shannon Perrone – Directs Roxbury percussion.  Active as a performer, conductor, and teacher.

Kenneth Piascik, DMAkennethpiascik.com  Dedicated performer, clinician, and educator. Many of Piascik’s students are performing and teaching around the world in the rock, jazz, and classical genres. Currently teaching at AmusiK Studio (established 1991) and Black River Middle School (brmsmusic.weebly.com) in Chester, NJ.

Jeff Rubin-Xylophonist with his band Crazy and the Brains, and also working as a music therapist with disadvantaged people.

Kiana Salameh – Currently teaching private piano and drum lessons, working with various marching bands in the area, and free-lancing when the time is available. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her fianceé and dog in their backyard.

Travis Salim-freelancing in the North Jersey area and doing quite a bit of composing and substitute teaching.

Gary Van Dyke-Professor Van Dyke is on faculty at WPU and freelances. He taught in the Teaneck school system for over 30 years.