Members of the All State Band

March 08, 1997


Staff Writer

Don't be surprised if you see Todd Sturniolo on stage someday at a professional symphony orchestra concert or playing in the "Tonight Show" band.

Those might seem like lofty goals, but the North Hagerstown High School senior likes to aim high.

Todd, who plays trombone, was selected again this year to participate in Senior All State Band. The performance is Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School.

Todd, 17, will be making his fourth All State appearance. For the second year, he is the top senior trombone student in Maryland - based on his audition score. He placed as first chair in the Junior All State Band during his freshman year.


"It feels good to know I'm getting recognized for being able to play well," he says. "It's nice to play in an ensemble with such a high level of talent."

He says he doesn't feel any stage fright.

"I've auditioned so many times, I never get nervous much anymore," he says.

Music has been a way of life for the Sturniolo family of Hagerstown.

Todd's brother, Greg Sturniolo, a 1994 graduate of North High, was chosen for All State Band five times for his skills on the trumpet. Greg Sturniolo, 20, is a junior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he is majoring in computer science.

Their parents, Gary and Janice Sturniolo, teach math at Boonsboro High School. Gary Sturniolo plays clarinet, and Janice Sturniolo plays piano.

"I used to sit here and watch my mom play, and one day I thought, `I've got to learn to play piano,' " Todd says.

He has played piano for 12 years, and he performs at the church he attends, State Line United Methodist Church in State Line, Pa. He also can play baritone, tuba, trumpet and euphonium.

Besides participating in the symphonic and marching bands at North High, his other activities include Spanish Club, Key Club, National Honor Society and Honor Club. He runs the message center and scoreboard for the Hagerstown Suns.

He plans to major in musical performance in college. He's been accepted to three colleges - Dickinson College, Lebanon Valley College and University of Maryland, Baltimore County - but he hasn't decided yet.

He's also interested in teaching if his goal of performing with a professional orchestra or band isn't realized, but he plans to take a shot at the stage life.

"It's a matter of knowing the right people at the right time," he says.

He knows it takes hard work. Every day he practices on his trombone, which he has played since fourth grade.

"I'm still taking lessons," he says. "I'll probably continue until I get too old to play."

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