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Leon T. Petruzzi

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


PHD, 1993, New York Univ (NYU); MS, 1986, Long Island Univ, CW Post Cam; BM, 1981, SUNY Coll Fredonia


Dr. Petruzzi is one of Long Island's premier trumpet artists and teachers. He is in demand throughout the New York Metropolitan area as a lead trumpet player and as an authority on the jazz orchestra/big band. Most recently he has performed with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Broadway Show Spiderman. He holds a Ph.D. in Trumpet Performance from New York University. His trumpet teachers include William Vacchiano, Murray Karpilovsky, Carmine Caruso, Lew Soloff. He is equally adept in classical and jazz musical styles and has performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area in many venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, Birdland and numerous theaters. Performances have ranged from jazz artists such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Jazz Orchestra, the Lew Anderson All-star Big Band, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, The Four Freshmen; and pop artists including Tom Jones, Al Martino, The Temptations; to Broadway shows such as Legally Blond, Pal Joey, Curtains, Tarzan, Pajama Game with Harry Connick Jr., Lennon, Little Women, Peter Pan, Cats, Dream Girls, Gypsy, and Spiderman; as well as classical groups such as the Queens Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic, the Knoxville Symphony, the Nassau Symphony, and numerous chamber groups. His students range from beginner through adult and have achieved great success ranging from annual all-county and all-state participation to college scholarships and professional playing positions. He has been a guest soloist and conductor with many musical groups and given clinics and workshops throughout the United States including several state music conventions in Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York. Dr. Petruzzi is Artistic Director of the LPJO, also holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, and is the owner and operator of Cutting Edge Music Services. He is the trumpet professor at Hofstra University.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 009P (CP) TRUMPET Undergraduate
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