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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

JJ Pipitone

JJ Pipitone received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Mr. Pipitone is currently an Adjunct Percussion Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Before this, he served as an assistant band director at Lewisville High School as a percussion specialist from 1996-2005.  In 2005, JJ took a position as an assistant band director at Grapevine High School where he served for 8 years.  While there, he conducted the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Musical Orchestra, Drumline, and oversaw all percussion activities from 6th-12th grade.  He also taught Pre-AP Music Theory and Music History for 5 years.

Mr. Pipitone has extensive drum corps experience, having marched for 9 years in drum corps including: the Dutch Boy, from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois; and the Concord Blue Devils from Concord, California. He won the DCI Multi Tenor competition in 1989, the PAS Multi Tenor competition in 1990 and placed 2nd at the PAS Marimba competition in 1992.

As an instructor, Mr. Pipitone taught the World Champion Phantom Regiment from Rockford, IL from 1995-1997, the Glassmen, from Toledo, OH in 1998 and 1999, the Crossmen in 2000 and 2001 and is currently the percussion arranger for the Empire Statesmen Sr. Drum & Bugle Corp.

Mr. Pipitone’s extensive judging experience has made him one of the most in demand Music/Percussion judges in the United States. He belongs to many judging organizations including Bands Of America, WGI, DCI and several other organizations around the country. JJ’s compositions and arrangements are published by Drop 6 Media and Wylie Publications.