Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University. During his undergraduate years, he served as the Principal Tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. In addition to this he was the Assistant Conductor for both the Symphonic and Concert Bands. After graduating with honors in 1978, Dr. Mazzaferro attended Northwestern University. He pursued a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting where he studied with John P. Paynter. In 1986 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. As a Graduate Assistant Dr. Mazzaferro worked with the Band and Music Education departments. While at Arizona State, Dr. Mazzaferro studied with Richard Strange, Robert Fleming, Daniel Perantoni, Ronald LoPresti and Barrie Wells.
His guest conducting and adjudication assignments have included Honor Bands and Orchestras throughout the Western United States, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. In 1994 and 2001 Dr. Mazzaferro was selected to conduct the California All-State Honor Band. In 2007 Dr. Mazzaferro conducted the California All-State Junior High Symphonic Band. Dr Mazzaferro has also conducted the Alberta, Canada All-Provincial Honor Band and the Singapore “Junior College” National Honor Band. As a clinician, Dr. Mazzaferro has worked with Concert Bands and Orchestras from The United States, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and China.
On his principal instrument, tuba, Dr. Mazzaferro has performed with numerous bands and orchestras throughout California. This includes the Diablo Symphony Peninsula Symphony, Symphony of the Mountain, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Ana Symphony, and the Crystal Cathedral “Hour of Power” Orchestra. He is currently Principal Tuba with the Orange County Symphony & Wind Symphony.
Dr. Mazzaferro is the 2007 recipient of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) “Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award for excellence in Band Education and Performance”. Dr. Mazzaferro is active in several other musical affiliations outside of Fullerton College. His most recent activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in Northern California and serving as an Associate Conductor for the Orange County Symphony & Wind Symphony. Dr. Mazzaferro is a member of, CBDA, CBDNA, MENC SCSBOA, ITEA and WASBE.
Dr. Mazzaferro is currently the Director of Bands at Fullerton College. In addition to his academic assignments, Dr. Mazzaferro conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Community Band, and instructs Applied Euphonium and Tuba. Since 1992 he has served as the Principal Conductor of the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific. In 2006 he formed the ensemble “City Winds” to promote the performance of Wind Chamber Music.