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Michael Golemo

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Michael Golemo


Michael Golemo (b. 23 September 23 1960, Chicago, Ill.) is an American conductor, educator, saxophonist and composer.

Dr. Golemo studied at Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music Education, 1982 and Master of Music in conducting, 1983) and Michigan State University (Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting, 1994). He studied arranging with John Paynter and composition with Jere Hutcheson.

With over 300 instrumental arrangements, transcriptions and compositions to his credit, Dr. Golemo has had works performed by a variety of performers and ensembles, including Louie Bellson, Wynton Marsalis, Anita Baker, Simon Estes, William Warfield, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony.

As a saxophonist, he has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Bears Jazz Band, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, and over 20 other headline acts.

Golemo was director of bands at Albion (Michigan) College and assistant director at The University of Akron (Ohio). Currently, he is director of bands at Iowa State University (Ames).

Dr. Golemo is a nationally-known guest conductor and adjudicator, and is the director of the Ames Municipal Band. He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters, and is an honorary member of the Cardinal Key Honor Society and both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. In 2007, Dr. Golemo was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Golemo is a past President (2015-2016) of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, past National President (1999-2001) of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and served for several years as a member of their Board of Trustees. He is also a past President of the Big XII Band Directors Association.

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