Teacher Feature: Peter Bellino

This month, Paul Effman Music highlights staff member Peter Bellino. Peter is one of our most seasoned educators. With our Capital Region Staff for nearly two decades, his professionalism, experience, and knowledge are invaluable. Not only a fantastic teacher, Peter is a veteran performer & composer as well.

Name & Hometown:
Peter Bellino, Buffalo NY.

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Tenure With Paul Effman Music Service:
Since 2000, 18 years

Best Part Of Teaching Music:
Observing the switch that goes on when the students “get it” – the ‘aha’ moment. Sharing funny stories of musical adventures and personal mishaps while on stage (or off).

Artist(s) Who’ve Inspired You Most:
Maria Schneider Orchestra, Hakan Hardenberger, Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Sergei Nakariakov, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Jan Garbarek, Bud Herseth, Philip Smith, NY Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Steve Tyler (my alter-ego)…..too many to name.

Best Live Performance You’ve Ever Attended:
Maria Schneider Orchestra, Yale University, Spring 2016 – I wept the entire concert.

Personal Highlights As A Performer:
Having the ability, knowledge and training to perform with Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony, Body and Soul (Rock Band), Classical Chamber ensembles, Empire Jazz Orchestra, etc. Also, recording a CD of original compositions for Jazz Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in 1999.