Director of Bands
Steven Grimo, D.M.A., is a native of Bristol, R.I. and comes from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he served as the Music Ministries Department director. He was active in prison fellowship as a certified volunteer counselor and Bible studies instructor for the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Grimo is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served as a band officer and commander throughout his 22-year Air Force career and retired in 2006 as the Commander and Conductor of the U.S.A.F. Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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, Grimo 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 (1978-1980. He later became director of instrumental music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., (1980-85) 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. He was awarded the doctor of musical arts in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in May of 1992.