Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of Instrumental Studies
Steven Grimo, D.M.A., is a native of Bristol, RI and comes from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado 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.
He began his career in music as a percussionist, attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a BME in Music Education and a BA Percussion Performance. Upon graduation, Steve began his teaching career as an elementary and junior high school music director for the Newton, MA public schools and the Auburn, MA pubic schools (1978-1980). He later became Director of Instrumental Music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Massachusetts, (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.
During his tenure teaching in Massachusetts, he 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 Rhode Island, where his grant writing and fundraising tenacity, established an organization, whose heritage recently celebrated their 30th anniversary season. During this time, he was also an instructor at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division teaching percussion and conducting the Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, another organization which he founded , and today is an outstanding youth wind ensemble, dedicated to training 7-9th grade instrumentalists throughout the state of Massachusetts.
Steven Grimo, served 22 years from 1986-2007 in the United States Air Force after a successful teaching career in New England from 1976-1986. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel serving with the USAF Bands and Music Branch as a Commander & Music Director for The USAF Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his time in the USAF, he published works for band and percussion and commissioned over 30 new works for winds.
His organizations received the George S Howard Award for Excellence and he was awarded the Texas Bandmasters Association Citation of Excellence multiple times, and recorded more than 30 recording projects. His guest conducting brought him to countless festival performances, All States, Universities and Colleges throughout the United States and abroad.
He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in May of 1992. He has numerous published and commissioned works to his credit and is an internationally active guest conductor and clinician. As a music director, conductor and producer, he has lectured and conducted professional and collegiate organizations throughout the world. In 2006 he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
- D.M.A, Catholic University of America
- M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
- B.M.E., New England Conservatory of Music
- B.A., New England Conservatory of Music
- Director of Music Ministries Department at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Music director for the Newton, MA public schools and the Auburn, MA public schools (1978-1980).
- Director of Instrumental Music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Massachusetts, (1980-85)
- Served 22 years from 1986-2007 in the United States Air Force
- Marching Band
- Symphonic Band
- Brass Methods
- Instrumental Conducting
- Band Methods
- Band Literature
- Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools
- Marching Band Techniques.