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Director of Bands

Timothy J. Rossettini

Originally a native of Glen Rock, NJ, Timothy J. Rossettini hails from Chesapeake, VA and is cur­rent­ly the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, VA. Mr. Rossettini received his high school edu­ca­tion from Ridgewood High School, in Ridgewood, NJ. He received his Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Applied Percussion from James Madison University in 2003, grad­u­at­ing Cum Laude.

His per­cus­sion teachers include Gary Fink, Dr. Michael Overman, Rick Deloney, and the former head of JMU’s per­cus­sion depart­ment, Mr. C. William Rice. While attend­ing James Madison, he was the prin­ci­pal per­cus­sion­ist of the Concert and Symphonic Band and was an active member in the university’s Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater Orchestra, and Pep Band. Mr. Rossettini was also actively involved with the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, and per­formed with the band in Athens, Greece, as well as the 75th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the inau­gu­ra­tion parades for Virginia Governor Mark Warner and President George W. Bush.

Mr. Rossettini was a member of the Virginia Wind Symphony for 13 years and has been under the con­duct­ing batons of Mr. Dennis Zeisler, Dr. Harry Begian, Col. Arnold Gabriel, James Sochinski, Michael Haithcock, James Curnow, Edward Lisk, Johan de Miej and various others. The Virginia Wind Symphony has per­formed at the American Bandmasters Association National Conference in Norfolk and The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Rossettini has also had the priv­i­lege of con­duct­ing the Royal Netherlands Navy Band, His Majesty The King’s Guard from Norway, the Netherlands Army Band, the German Mountain Army Band, the Royal Band of the Belgian Navy, the Band of the Mounted Arms from the Netherlands, and The Guardsmen from Finland.

Mr. Rossettini is an active clin­i­cian, soloist, and composer, as well as an accom­plished free­lance and studio per­cus­sion­ist in the Tidewater area. He spent 2004 – 2007 as Director of Bands at Denbigh High School in Newport News, VA. Under his direc­tion the band earned multiple awards includ­ing Superior ratings at State Band Festival and State Jazz Festival. In the fall of 2007, Mr. Rossettini accepted the position of Director of Bands at Tallwood High School. The Tallwood band program reg­u­lar­ly con­tributes members to Senior Regional Orchestra, All-District Band and All-State Band. The ensem­bles at Tallwood have con­sis­tent­ly earned Superior Ratings since his arrival in 2007 and is a 15 time Virginia Honor Band. In 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2022 Tallwood High School’s music depart­ment earned the dis­tinc­tion of becoming a Blue Ribbon School.

Mr. Rossettini is an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Educators Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Universities, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Mr. Rossettini is also a member of the Virginia State Marching Assessment Committee, as well as the chair of the All-Virginia Percussion Audition Committee through the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He has twice been the Instrumental District Represented for the Virginia Music Educators Association (District II). In 2011, Mr. Rossettini was named Tallwood High School’s Teacher of the Year.