Mr. Allen J. Venezio, Director of Bands and Choral Activities at Clermont Middle School. He is a native of Long Island, NY and moved with his family to Florida in 1977. He attended public school in Citrus County, FL where he graduated with honors from Lecanto High School in 1991. While attending high school, he was a member of many honor bands including the U.S.F. Festival of Winds Honors Band, Southeastern United States Honors Band and the prestigious John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band in Washington, D.C. He was a state superior trumpet soloist and was principal trumpet in the F.B.A. District VII Honors Band. He has performed under the baton of many renowned conductors including Dr. Mark H. Hindsley, Dr. John M. Long, Dr. Don McLaurin, Prof. John P. Paynter, Dr. Rhonda Buckley, Dr. Richard Greenwood, Mr. John C. Whitney and Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (ret.).
After graduating from high school, he graduated from Central Florida Community College in Ocala (now the College of Central Florida) and later the University of Central Florida where he participated in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble and was principal trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra. He received a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University in September 2012.
Prior to his appointment at Clermont Middle, Mr. Venezio was the Director of Bands at Mount Dora Middle School for two years and Director of Bands and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tavares High School from July 1999 to May 2009 and was the longest serving band director in the school’s 91-year history. In addition to his position as the Director of Bands at Tavares High, Mr. Venezio was the lead teacher of the Visual and Performing Arts Small Learning Community, served as the Chapter Advisor of the Tavares High School chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, doubled for five years as the Director of Choral Activities and was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Bulldawg Players, the school’s musical theater troupe. Mr. Venezio was also previously the band director at Lecanto H.S. and Ft. Pierce Central H.S. and spent three years as a community chorus director.
Mr. Venezio is an active professional trumpet player and studio instructor. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, The National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, The International Trumpet Guild, Bugles Across America, Knights of Columbus Council #13240 and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. He recently completed his twelfth year as an officer in the Florida Bandmasters Association. He has served as District 19 Chairman, District 19 Secretary, District 19 Treasurer, Coordinator of the District 19 All-District Bands and three-time conductor of the Star-Spangled Honors Band. Mr. Venezio is a certified adjudicator in the areas of Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Sight-Reading and Brass Solo & Ensemble and is frequently called to judge throughout the state of Florida.
Mr. Venezio is a Warburton Performing Artist. He is known in the trumpet community as the “5 Foot High Trumpet Guy” and his web site is http://www.5fthightrumpetguy.com. He is also a pastoral musician at Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden. Mr. Venezio is the founder, Director and lead trumpet for the Same Is Lame Jazz Ambassadors, a semi-professional big band in south Lake County.
Since 2005, Mr. Venezio has taught the Harry Potter, Starfleet Academy and Leadership classes at Lake-Sumter State College’s Kids’ College summer program. He also serves as a Leadership Coach for a number of central Florida music programs.
Mr. Venezio is the proud father of Allen, Jr., the world’s most amazing young man.
Mr. Al “Papa V” Venezio, Master Brass Technician.
Papa V. graduated from Massapequa High School in Massapequa, NY, where he participated in the symphonic band, jazz band and orchestra. The Massapequa High School Band consistently performed grade 6 literature at the New York State Music Assessment.
After high school, Papa V. spent some time in college before he was drafted into the United States Army. Papa V. graduated from the Army-Navy School of Music in Norfolk, VA and spent two years playing trumpet in the U.S. Army Bands. During that time, he also saw duty on the ceremonial platoon where he played Taps for Vietnam War soldiers who were killed on the battlefield.
Papa V. left the Army in 1970 and married Mama V. in 1971. He was a professional musician on Long Island, playing weddings and other functions until he moved to Florida in 1977. Over the years, Papa V. has served in the music education community as an active trumpet instructor, Band Boosters President and brass clinician for numerous bands.
Papa V. recently retired from the City of Clermont where he was a fleet mechanic for over 10 years. Currently, he runs a private trumpet studio and serves as a brass technician at South Lake High School. His private students have consistently earned many superiors at the Solo & Ensemble MPA and earned many high chairs in honors bands. Papa V. is an honorary member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Ms. Maggie Krieger, Webmaster and Financial Secretary for the Clermont Middle School Music Department. Prior to her current appointment, she served three years as the Treasurer.
In high school, Ms. Krieger was the Valedictorian of her high school class. She participated in varsity cheerleading, was President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Student Government. After high school, Ms. Krieger attended the University of Central Florida while working full time as a banker. She also spent a number of years providing exceptional guest service at many Walt Disney World venues.
Ms. Krieger is currently the owner of Maggie Studios, LLC, a photography company where she specializes in family, senior, event and corporate portraiture. She is also a free-lance photo journalist and her work can been seen frequently in the South Lake Tablet, America’s First NewsTab.
Ms. Krieger is the mother of four children, all of whom are involved in music. She is an honorary member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society as was awarded the Band Parent of the Year award in 2012.