Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University where he served as the principal tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra during his undergraduate years. In addition, he was the assistant conductor for both the Symphonic and Concert Bands during that time. After graduating with honors in 1978, Dr. Mazzaferro attended Northwestern University where he pursued a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting studying with John P. Paynter. He continued his studies at Arizona State University where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1986. He studied with Richard Strange, Robert, Fleming, Daniel Peratoni, Ronald LoPresti, and Barrie Wells, and as a graduate assistant worked with the Band and Music Education departments.
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 and in 2007 he 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 including 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 the principal tubist with the Orange County Symphony and the Orange County Wind Symphony, and is currently serving as an associate conductor of these ensembles.
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 Principal Conductor of the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific and in 2006 he formed the ensemble City Winds to promote the performance of wind chamber music. In recognition of his accomplishments in teaching and instrumental performance, he was awarded the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) “Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award for excellence in Band Education and Performance” in 2007. Dr. Mazzaferro is a member of, CBDA, CBDNA, MENC SCSBOA, ITEA, and WASBE.