Who am I? - Mr. "C's" Bio

Gregory P. Crameri
Music Teacher/Director of Bands, Har-Bur Middle School

B.S. Music Education; Central Connecticut State University
M.Ed. Music; Central Connecticut State University

Gregory Crameri has been in Music Education for over thirty years, having taught at the high school level in both Canton and Northwestern Region No. 7 before acquiring his present position at Har Bur Middle School, in Burlington, in 1997. Presently, Mr. Crameri is director of bands and as such, works with approximately three hundred students within the Grade 6, Grade 8 and Symphonic Bands. In addition he teaches group instrumental lessons, facilitates the "Switchers" and festival audition programs, and coaches chamber ensembles. Mr. Crameri received his professional training from Central Connecticut State University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna cum laude) in Music Education. He also received a Master of Education Degree from the same institution. While completing these degrees he studied flute with Sharon Davis and conducting with such people as Larry Rachleff, Jerry Junkin, and Anthony Maiello.

During his years at Har Bur, the school's ensembles have received outstanding reviews by adjudicators. The Symphonic Band (1999-present) and Jazz Ensemble (1999- 2010) have achieved superior ratings at adjudication festivals in Springfield & Holyoke, Massachusetts, Salem, New Hampshire and, as of the past four years, the A.S.B.D.A. sponsored Regional District #10 Band Adjudication Festival.  In the springs of 2000, 2002 and 2004 the Symphonic Band was selected as an All-Connecticut Honors Ensemble and performed at the CMEA All-State Conference. During his tenure in Canton and Northwestern No. 7 the bands received superior ratings at adjudication festivals throughout the United States and Canada and were selected to perform, on several occasions, as honors ensembles for the CMEA All-State Conference. The jazz ensembles reached prominence at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival being named a finalist in 1990 and subsequent honorable mention awards in the years following.

Mr. Crameri’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and Connecticut Music Educators Association. In addition he has also been made a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American School Band Director's Association, and Phi Beta Mu where he served as the state's Secretary/Treasurer for twelve years. He received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for the 1991-92 school year and has been a finalist for the district Teacher of the Year award during his tenures in Canton, Regional District #7 and Regional District #10. On eight occasions Mr. Crameri has been named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” based upon nominations from former students. He has published numerous articles for the CMEA Journal and in 2001 his article “Turning On the SWITCH” was featured in the national MENC publication Spotlight in Teaching Band. He has also served as a cooperating/mentor teacher for more than twenty beginning, music educators and has been a BEST assessor and portfolio scorer for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Mr. Crameri has served as guest conductor and chairperson for numerous CMEA middle school and high school honors band festivals throughout his career.

He presently resides in Forestville, Connecticut with his wife Connie, sons Alexander and Zachary, dog Gordie and cat Jax.