Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Carl Mazzio brings to the podium many years of experience as an orchestra musician and was privileged to work with many of the great orchestral conductors and musicians of our time including Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Doc Severinsen, and Aretha Franklin.
He is the retired Principal trombone of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1995-2002). While with the BPO, he recorded on the Naxos label, and was a featured soloist on numerous occasions. During his tenure with the BPO, Mr. Mazzio performed the Leopold Mozart trombone concerto, the first trombone concerto programmed in the orchestra’s history. Prior to this he held the same position with the New Haven Symphony (1990-94). He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, American Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Sacramento Symphony, San Francisco Brass Quintet, Hartford Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Minoria (Mexico City), Carmel Bach Festival (California), California Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi (NewYork City), at the Evian Festival (Evian, France), Fantasy Recording Studios (Berkley, California), on NBCs Wide World of Sports, and for Pope John Paul II at Candlestick Park.
Currently, Mr. Mazzio is in his sixth year as conductor of the Fredonia State University Wind Symphony and All College Band and acted as interim conductor for the University of Buffalo Concert Band (spring 2004, 2006, 2008). To date, he has conducted over three hundred compositions, comprising much of the major band repertoire. Mr. Mazzio currently directs the Jazz Band at Williamsville East High School, and previously taught band at DaVinci High School, a magnet school within the Buffalo City School District. He has been a fellow at the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College (2007), and has participated in the conducting symposiums of Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff, Timothy Reynish, and Paula Holcomb.
Mr. Mazzio has been on staff as a low brass instructor at Fredonia State since 1998, and presently maintains a full trombone studio. Additionally, he teaches a full private brass studio at his residence in Amherst, New York.
In the last year, Mr. Mazzio has taught at The Chautauqua Institute, directed the Wayne All-County High School Concert Band, and adjudicated the Music in the Parks Band Festival at Darien Lake, NY.
Mr. Mazzio received his MA from the Julliard School of Music, and his BM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His Principal teachers include Joseph Alessi and Mark Lawrence. While a student, he performed with National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, Roundtop Festival, and at Tanglewood.