Vincent J. Tornello
Originally from Oceanside, New York, Vincent Tornello is an accomplished musician, educator, adjudicator, and arranger, currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. As a professional musician, he has performed for live broadcasts as well as studio recording sessions, in addition to numerous other performances in Virginia and the New York metropolitan area.
Vincent began his career as an educator in 1972 at Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, he directed the marching band, organized and directed the Jazz Ensemble, and served as assistant concert band director. Over the course of the following 37 years, the Charlottesville High School band excelled under his direction until his retirement in 2009. The program earned countless honors and accolades, and proudly held a number of state concert and marching band records including the Virginia Honor Band Award for 27 years, superior ratings at the grade six music level for 34 of 37 years, and 28 consecutive years of state marching assessment superior ratings.
He is a past-president of the Virginia Chapter of the National Jazz Educators Association, and a past-president of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Additionally, Vincent served as treasurer of the Virginia Music Educators Association 27 years. He is also a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In addition, Vincent has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the east coast and the mid-west. He has served as an adjudicator for the Kentucky, Wisconsin, and South Carolina State Marching Championships, the Virginia State Marching Assessments, the Indiana District and Regional Marching Championships, Bands of America Regional Championships, USBands (judge & chief judge) Regional Championships as well as numerous invitational contests. Vincent has adjudicated many of the district concert assessments throughout Virginia, the Kentucky State Concert Festival and numerous other regional concert festivals.
Vincent has been recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication to the fine arts, as well as to the profession of education. Among his commendations are: the Charlottesville Public Schools Distinguished Teacher Award; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; VMEA Music Educator of the Year Award; Shenandoah Conservatory of Music Alumnus of Excellence Award; VBODA Honor Band Director Hall of Fame; VBODA Hall of Fame; Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame; and the National Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor”.
In addition to adjudicating and guest conducting, he currently serves as adjunct saxophone instructor for the University of Virginia Wind Ensemble.