6337-Former US Air Force Academy Band Director is New Director of Bands at Malone University
6337-May 9, 2012
The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music has named Steven Grimo, D.M.A., associate professor of music, coordinator of instrumental studies, and director of Symphonic Band and The Pioneer Spirit Marching Band.
Steven Grimo is a native of Bristol, RI. He most recently served as the director, Music Ministries Department at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is 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 B.M.E. in music education and a B.A. in percussion performance. Upon graduation, Steve 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. He later became director of instrumental music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., 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, RI, where his grant writing and fundraising tenacity established an organization whose heritage recently celebrated their 30th anniversary season. During this time, he also was 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.
Dr. Grimo served 22 years in the United States Air Force after a successful teaching career in New England. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel serving with the USAF Bands and Music Branch as a commander and music director for The USAF Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, Colo. His service as an USAF Band officer took him to Washington, D.C., serving the National Capital Region, where he was on US Presidential support. While in Texas, he was assigned to the Air Education and Training Command with the USAF Band of the West. While stationed in Alaska with the USAF Band of the Pacific, he served overseas, supporting forward deployed locations throughout the Pacific. He also served as the commander of the USAF Band of Mid America, in southern Illinois, stationed at Scott Air Force Base.
During his time in the USAF, he published works for band and percussion and commissioned more than 30 new works for winds by composers of note, such as Ron Nelson. Robert Jager, Gunther Schuller, Warren Benson, Walter Hartley, Fisher Tull, David Mazlanka, Thomas Briggs, Adam Gorb, Roger Cichy, Daniel Kalmann, Charles Booker, John Cheetham, Kenneth Amis, David Gorham, Daniel Buckvitch, John O'Reily, Roger Nixon, Jared Spears, Julie Giroux, Philip Sparke, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Weinstein, Tommy Newsom, Bob Mintser, Matt Harris, and Sammy Nestico. His organizations received the George S. Howard Award for Excellence; 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, and universities and colleges throughout the United States and abroad.
He earned the doctor of musical arts in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 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.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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