About Mr. Volo, Band Director
I've always known that music would play a significant role in my life. While in high school, I learned to play many wind instruments and taught myself the guitar and piano. Growing up on New York's south shore of Long Island, I graduated from Bellport High School, and attended the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. In 1995, I completed my degree in Trombone performance, and then helped to form a successful original 8-piece band named Deep Banana Blackout. Over the course of five years, we self-produced three CD's, and toured over 30 states, averaging about 200 performances a year. After meeting my wife Lauren, and the birth of our daughter Emma, I decided to stop touring to focus on my family and my teaching career. Since 2000, I've been teaching guitar and brass instruments in Connecticut and was hired as the Instrumental Music Director at Avon Old Farms in 2004. While at Avon, I led the jazz program, as well as taught courses in guitar, theory, and music appreciation. I was named Chair of the Performing Arts Department in 2009 and have had many students go on to study music at some of the best music schools and conservatories in the country.
All through high school, I took advantage of any opportunity to perform. I received county, state and Eastern U.S. honors, played in youth orchestras, community bands, summer programs, drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and even won a composition competition as a high school junior. While in college, I would spend most of my summers teaching private lessons, or performing in various volunteer and professional ensembles. After leaving the "life on the road", I taught hundreds of students guitar, bass, and brass instruments in Fairfield county, CT. Teaching for over 17 years, both privately and at Avon Old Farms, I have a great understanding for how young students learn music, and realize that each student's experience is unique. Whether it's classical or jazz, music theory or electronic music, I will work with any student to help gain all the knowledge and experience they hope to obtain.
My goal at RHS is to keep our students involved in their music endeavors. There is no better thrill for me than to see our students progress and thrive, and I join them in the joy that music provides. I also feel it is my duty to the entire Ridgefield community to provide a positive musical experience for performers and patrons alike. I am not only teaching our students how to perform, but I'm also teaching our non-performers in the community how to appreciate and respect our student artists, as well as enjoy and admire the professional musicians that come to our campus to teach, enlighten, and perform.