Dr. Christopher Troiano was born to a musical family and began playing the euphonium in the third grade. His exposure to early American brass bands began at a young age when he would frequently hear his father, Bill Troiano, play tuba with the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band on Long Island. When Dr. Troiano was in middle school, he had his “first paid gig” playing bass drum in that very brass band under the direction of Dr. Kirby Jolly. He would later have the opportunity to perform with the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band on baritone horn alongside his father and brother.
Dr. Troiano is received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from George Mason University, where he studied with Dr. Mark Jenkins, current principal euphonium in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Dr. Troiano earned his MM in Euphonium Performance at George Mason University and BM in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While at North Texas, Dr. Troiano was a student of euphonium virtuoso Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Other teachers of Dr. Troiano’s include Patrick Nyren and Donald Sherman.
Dr. Troiano has had the opportunity to perform in numerous ensembles, including the North Texas Symphonic Band, George Mason University Wind Symphony, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, Capital Wind Symphony, Cedar Park Winds, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Austin Brass Band, Brass of the Potomac, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), Huntington Community Band, Northport Community Band, Northern Virginia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet (NOVATEQ), the Patriot Brass Ensemble, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden City of Fairfax German Band, the New Orleans-inspired Dirty Gold Brass Band, and numerous other small ensembles including tuba quartets, brass ensembles, and mixed chamber ensembles.
As a featured soloist, Dr. Troiano has had the opportunity to perform solos with the George Mason Wind Symphony, George Mason Symphonic Band, Capital Wind Symphony, Centreville High School Wind Ensemble, Park View High School Symphonic Band, and the Huntington Community Band. Dr. Troiano has also had the opportunity to perform a solo at the annual United States Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. with the George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
As an arranger, Dr. Troiano has had his arrangements performed on multiple occasions. The North Texas Euphonium Quintet performed Dr. Troiano’s arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner during the Texas Rangers’ 2015 and 2016 baseball seasons at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Troiano’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” was performed by The Interservice Euphonium Choir under the direction of Dr. Brian L. Bowman at the 2012 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. The Interservice Euphonium Choir is an ensemble comprised of professional euphonium players in the DC military bands. Dr. Troiano also has a number of arrangements in the catalog for the Dirty Gold Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band that excels at playing jazz, funk, and rock music.
Dr. Troiano is a passionate and versatile teacher. His teaching experience starts in his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas as a music education major. Since moving to Virginia, Dr. Troiano has built his own private studio for all low brass instruments. Currently on staff with the Centreville High School Marching Band as a visual and music instructor, Dr. Troiano is also very active as a sectional teacher and solo festival adjudicator in the Northern Virginia area. In addition to teaching, Dr. Troiano assists in directing and coaching ensembles at George Mason University. Dr. Troiano is committed to teaching, sharing, and spreading the wonderful sound of low brass instruments.