Matthew Cavanaugh – Snug Harbor, Broad Meadows, Sterling
I am a music education graduate of The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and got my start playing percussion in the New Bedford School system, continuing on to march with Boston University Indoor Percussion Theatre and East Coast Jazz Drum & Bugle Corp. In 2011, I traveled to Ghana, West Africa to expand my understanding of African drumming and world rhythms. I am currently teaching local high school and middle school marching bands in the south shore area, and teach privately at Double Bar Music Shop in Westport, MA.
Michael DeMarco – North Quincy, Quincy
Entering my seventh year as an Instrumental Music Instructor of the Quincy Public Schools, I have enjoyed a fulfilling career as a performer, composer, scholar, and educator. Born and raised in Chicago, I became a part of the Midwest Young Artists youth orchestra program where I still remain involved today. I went on to pursue my undergraduate degree at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music where I focused on trumpet performance, music history and theory, and Germanic studies, culminating in a year abroad in the musicology program at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. I continued my studies at The School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington where I hold a master’s degree in music theory and taught the undergraduate theory curriculum as an Associate Instructor of Music Theory and Harmony. I then spent a year teaching music and English for the French Ministry of Education at various high schools in Paris. Upon arriving in Boston, I have been an active trumpet player in the Boston area in addition to teaching full-time in the elementary, middle, and high school instrumental programs in the Quincy Public Schools. I currently hold a master’s degree in music education from The Boston Conservatory and co-direct the John Adams Orchestra, the combined North Quincy & Quincy High School Bands, and work as the facilitator of the Extended Day Music Programs in the Quincy Public Schools. Lately, I have been exploring the traditions of non-Western instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, gantas, and gongs. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, learning other languages, and am an avid animal lover.
Richard Kenneally – North Quincy, Quincy
Joe Salvucci – Atherton Hough; Bernazzani, Merrymount, Atlantic
My love for music started when I was 5 years old and began taking piano lessons at my grandparent’s house on early release Tuesdays. It continued to grow through the years and eventually led to majoring in Music Education at UMass Dartmouth. I have now been a teacher in the Quincy Public Schools for over 4 years. I am so grateful to be building my career in the city that I grew up in and have always known and loved. I currently live in Weymouth with my beautiful wife Jena and our two cats, Thomas and Clara. After school I teach private music lessons and on the weekends I work for my Aunt designing and delivering wedding flowers. In my spare time I love playing golf, racquetball, tennis, fishing, skiing and enjoy working in my yard and garden. My love for teaching is reinforced each year, seeing my students grow and develop as young musicians.
Caitlyn Schmidt – Beechwood Knoll, Central, Point Webster
A Quincy Public School elementary and middle school instrumental music teacher since January 2011, I have a passion for teaching instrumental music and performing professionally as a flutist. In addition to teaching instrumental music at the elementary and middle schools, I co-conduct Quincy’s All-City Band, All-City Middle School Concert Band, and Honor Band. I have been teaching flute since I was a high school student. I am a graduate of the Boston University School of Music, where I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and two master’s degrees, one in Flute Performance and the other in Music Education. I have been a freelance professional flutist in the Boston area since 2002. I moved to Massachusetts from Georgia, where I studied flute and played with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. I have performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony of Indian Hill, The New Bedford Symphony, the Marsh Chapel Collegium, and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. I have won awards including first prize in the James Pappoutsakis 30th Annual Flute Competition, the Departmental Honor Award by Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music for outstanding achievement in Flute Performance, and the Boston Woodwind Society’s Flute Merit Award. Currently, I live in Brookline, MA with my husband, Thomas Schmidt, a professional percussionist, and my cats Miles and Ella. I enjoy traveling, going to the beach, hiking, and skiing.
Chuck Wilson – Parker, Squantum, Wollaston, Lincoln Hancock, Montclair
I am currently working on my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bass Trombone Performance at Rutgers University. I am a native of Texas but enjoy the New England winters. I have been playing trombone since middle school and have performed professionally in orchestra, band, jazz, and rock settings with greats such as Maynard Ferguson, “Blue” Lou Marini, Dee Snider, and Scott Weiland. I enjoy cooking, biking, running, eating pizza, computer programming, and learning about obscure topics in music history.
Eileen Wilson – Clifford Marshall
I started my teaching career in fall of 2003 in the New York City Department of Education. I spent eleven years teaching concert band, ukulele, guitar, and musical theater in Queens. During my time there, I was awarded grants from the College Board, Guitar Center, and the Fender Foundation to equip my classroom with modern band instruments. As a Braintree native, I am excited to be back on the South Shore. I am an active musician as well, playing clarinet, flute and sax for community theaters in the greater Boston area. I met my husband, trombonist Chuck Wilson, playing in the pit for “Guys and Dolls.” I enjoy running, baking, painting, and spending time with my growing family.