Charles Van Buren

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Mr. Van Buren has a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and a Master’s degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music. He spent thirty-three years as a music educator and is retired from his position as a band director at Penfield High School in Penfield, New York. He is currently a supervisor of student teachers for SUNY Fredonia. He is an All-State adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association and serves as a freelance adjudicator/clinician throughout New York State and Canada.

As a professional musician, Mr. Van Buren performs in various commercial, jazz, and classical settings. He has performed on saxophone as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Gap Mangione Big Band, and for twenty-two years played first clarinet in the Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Band under the direction of Al “Corky” Fabrizio. He has performed with many nationally known groups and entertainers including Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, Jerry Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Kenny Rogers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.

He is a member of the New York State School Music Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Association of Concert Bands. He is a founding member of the New York State Band Directors Association, and is the first recipient of NYSBDA’s Outstanding Band Director Award. He has also served as President of both the Ontario and Monroe County New York School Music Associations.

Richard DePasquale
Assistant Conductor

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Mr. DePasquale brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of Assistant Conductor of the Perinton Concert Band. In June of 2010 he retired from the Fairport Central School District after a 35-year career teaching brass instruments and conducting bands at all levels. He enjoys a statewide reputation as an outstanding brass teacher and under his direction the Martha Brown Concert Band regularly received the highest ratings of any middle school concert band in New York State at the New York State School Music Association Major Organization Festivals, including a record nine consecutive Level IV Gold with Distinction ratings.

Dick has made guest conducting appearances with various festival bands and has been a frequent presenter in brass pedagogy and instruction at annual conferences sponsored by NYSSMA and the New York State Band Directors Association. He also specializes in providing technology solutions to music educators in the areas of data management, desktop publishing and organizational skills. Dick served as a member of the NYSBDA Executive Board, chaired the NYSBDA statewide Middle School Honor Band Program for seven years and in 2006 was honored to receive their Outstanding Service Award. He remains active as a NYSSMA All-State brass adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician.