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The Jazz Starts Here: William Petito
Petito began his career as a performing musician in high school while living in the Washington, DC suburbs. He performed in a multitude of ensembles in school and in local music programs after school, in addition to gigging with various ad-hoc bands started by his peers in the DC area. At the age of 17, the youngest age allowed to audition, Petito progressed to the final round of a US Army premier band audition before deciding to continue his formal education at Eastman, where he graduated in 2017 with a BM in Music Education with a double major in Jazz Guitar and Music Education, and a minor in Audio Music Engineering. During his time there he studied jazz and classical guitar with professors Bob Sneider and Nick Golusus and explored composition in a variety of styles under the tutelage of Dave Rivello. While in college, Petito performed in many ensembles, most notably in the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Bill Dobbins’ Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Eastman Studio Orchestra, and various modern and traditional classical chamber ensembles.
Upon moving to Rochester, Petito immersed himself in many different facets of the Rochester music scene, performing regularly with several working bands including “The Swooners,” experimental jazz big band “Colossus,” modern jazz orchestra “The Dave Rivello Ensemble,” experimental jazz collective “The Rita Collective,” local punk rock band “Fish God,” the swing band “Lance Hoffman Orchestra,” the brass band “Prime Time Brass” and has played guitar and bass guitar for several theater companies, most notably the New Jersey-based theater company Infused Quirk Productions and the touring off-broadway production of “Burlesque to Broadway.” He also serves as guitarist, arranger, and bandleader for several of his own groups including Funk/Rock band Main Street Arcade” and a modern jazz quartet called “The D house Quartet.” Petito regularly works as an accompanist for a variety of instrumentalists and singers in a variety of styles, and as a solo pianist and guitarist for private and public events.
Petito currently works as a teacher, performer, composer, arranger, and producer. He offers private guitar lessons and public masterclasses at both the Eastman Community Music School and the Rochester Contemporary School of Music, and serves as the Director of Jazz Bands at Rochester’s own School of the Arts. In the Summer time, Petito can be found working at various reputable Summer music programs including the Southeast Asia Music Festival located in the southern Philippines, the Eastman Community Music School “Summer at Eastman” Program, and the Eastern US Music Camp hosted by Colgate University.
- Tuesday, June 25, 2019
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Central - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
- Central Library