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, Mstislaz
Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Doc Severinsen, Aretha Franklin
and Tony Bennett.
He is the retired Principal Trombone of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he recorded
on the NAXOS label and was a featured soloist on numerous occasions. Most notable
was his performance of 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,
Harford Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Minoria (Mexico City),
Carmel Bach Festival (California), California Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi (New
York City), Bard Festival, at the Evian Festival (Evian, France), Fantasy Recoding
Studios (Berkley, California), on NBC's Wide World of Sports, and for Pope John Paul
II at Candlestick Park.
Mr. Mazzio received his M.A. fro the Juilliard School of Music, and his B.M. 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
Currently, Mr. Mazzio is in his tenth year as conductor of the Wind Symphony and All
College Band at The State University of New York at Fredonia and acted as interim
conductor for the University at Buffalo Concert Band (spring 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012).
To date, he has conducted over three hundred compositions, comprising much of the
major band repertoire. He is an active Honor Band Clinician throughout New York State
and a regular adjudicator at Six Flags “Music in Parks.” Mr. Mazzio currently directs
the Jazz Band at Williamsville East High School, and previously taught at DaVinci
High School, a magnet school within the Buffalo City School District. He was a fellow
at the 2007 Conductor’s Institute at Bard College and was the only American conductor
selected to participate in the 2012 Sherorne Summer School, directed by Timothy Reynish
in Sherborne, England. He has also participated in the conducting symposiums of Eugene
Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff and Paula Holcomb.
Mr. Mazzio has been on staff as a low brass instructor at Fredonia School of Music
since 1998, and presently maintains a full trombone studio. Additionally, he teaches
a full private brass studio at his residence in Amherst, New York.