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Speaker/Host: Anthony J. Maiello and Bryan Kidd

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit lli-manassas.org

Give my regards to Broadway! Join Anthony Maiello, conductor and artistic director of the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and Bryan Kidd, the orchestra's arranger-in-residence, for a discussion about the orchestra's upcoming May 14 performance at the Hylton Center, "Broadway's Best." They will discuss the music and composers that will be featured in the performance, including special guest vocalist and Broadway performer Lisa Vroman.

Anthony J. Maiello is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra. He makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles, and presenting clinics, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Europe.

Maiello received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, and has extensive experience teaching in the public schools and at the university level. While at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, New York, he served as a professor of music and chairman of performance, where he taught Advanced Instrumental Conducting, Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Techniques, and Percussion Techniques and conducted the Crane Wind Ensemble.

Presently a professor at George Mason University's School of Music, Maiello teaches Graduate Conducting and all levels of Aural Skills. He has served as Associate Director of the School of Music and founded and conducted the GMU Wind Ensemble and GMU Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he has served as Conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band and Director of the GMU Jazz Ensemble. Under his direction, the ensembles at both Crane and George Mason University commissioned new works, made numerous recordings, and appeared at national and international conferences.

Bryan Kidd is the American Festival Pops Orchestra Composer/Arranger-in-Residence.
While primarily known as a big band arranger, his 26 years with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C., was an all-encompassing experience of arranging and composing in a wide variety of styles for the band’s various ensembles: Concert and Ceremonial Bands, Commodores (jazz ensemble), Sea Chanters (chorus), Fair Winds (jazz vocal quartet), Country Current (county-western and Bluegrass) and Cruisers (rock band).

Mr. Kidd’s composing, arranging, conducting, and teaching – which range from the elementary through collegiate and professional levels – began in 1971 as a band director teaching grades 7 through 12 at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 1976, Mr. Kidd joined the Navy Band as a Staff Arranger, retiring as Chief Composer and Arranger in 2002.

A graduate of Shenandoah University, Mr. Kidd holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education and composition. Consistently endorsed as an “Editor’s Choice” by J.W. Pepper & Co., his compositions and arrangements are published by FJH Music Co., Curnow Music Press, and Alfred Publications. He serves on the board of directors of the Zeiders American Dream Theatre in Virginia Beach, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society in Clifton Forge.