Former Air Force band director takes over at Malone
The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music has named Steven Grimo, D.M.A., associate professor of music, coordinator of instrumental studies, and director of Symphonic Band and The Pioneer Spirit Marching Band.
Grimo is a native of Bristol, RI. He most recently served as the director, Music Ministries Department at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is active in Prison Fellowship as a certified volunteer counselor and Bible studies instructor for the Colorado Department of Corrections.
He began his career in music as a percussionist, attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a B.M.E. in music education and a B.A. in percussion performance. Upon graduation, Steve began his teaching career as an elementary and junior high school music director for the Newton, Mass. public schools and the Auburn, Mass. public schools.
Grimo later became director of instrumental music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., where he received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and the Stanbury Award from the American School Band Directors Association. His success in commissioning new works and receiving outstanding performance ratings garnered invitations as a guest conductor and clinician throughout New England. During those years, his early commission projects included William Kraft, Vaclav Nelhybel, Daniel Pinkham, and Elliot Del Borgo.
During his tenure teaching in Massachusetts, Grimo received his masters of music degree in wind ensemble conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Frank Battisti. He founded the “East Bay Association for the Arts” in Bristol, RI, where his grant writing and fundraising tenacity established an organization whose heritage recently celebrated their 30th anniversary season.
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