John Sepe received a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Montclair State College. He taught in the public schools from 1967 to 2007 and recently retired from teaching in order to devote more time to performing, conducting and composing. Early works were for brass ensembles. Other early works were for voices performed by the college madrigal singers. He now has produced works for woodwinds, concert band and now for full orchestra. John is a professional trumpet player and is very active in the North Jersey area performing high school productions of Broadway shows as well as other classical and commercial venues. He also performs at wedding ceremonies and various church services. Mr. Sepe resides with his wife, Angela, in Paulinskill Lake, Stillwater, NJ. He has two daughters who are also involved in the Arts.
Gerald Tedesco holds a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Juilliard School of Music. As an educator, he taught instrumental music for 33 years on the high school level. During that time, he conducted the All North Jersey Area Band, Region One Symphonic Band, and the All State Jazz Ensemble. He retired from teaching in 1998 to pursue his performance career. Mr. Tedesco has been active in the tri-state area as a freelance musician for the last 35 years performing for Tony Bennett, Warren Covington, Ringling Brothers Circus, Ice Capades, the Jimmy Dorsey and the New Glenn Miller Band, among others. He was a member of the New Jersey Pops Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, where he also served as an associate conductor. Mr. Tedesco toured China in 1997 on a State Department tour as a cornet soloist with the Pittsburg-based Allegheny Brass Band. He is currently on the music education staff at Rutgers University. Mr. Tedesco is in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator, and conductor. He has guest conducted the Sussex County Symphonic Band on three occasions.
Dawn Tedesco has long been associated with strings, children, and Sussex County. After graduating with a music degree from The College of New Jersey (Trenton State College), where she majored in Violin and Music Education, Mrs. Tedesco taught vocal and string music in the Caldwell/West Caldwell Public School system. After obtaining additional certification in Early Childhood Education, she set up and operated two very successful preschools in Forest Lakes and Andover. In 1987, she organized the Sussex County Youth Orchestra as an outlet for her many students, as well as students from other schools which did not provide significant orchestral programs. This has now grown to include musicians from virtually every elementary school, middle school and high school in Sussex County as well as many from surrounding areas. Under her direction, the orchestra has given more than fifty concerts, and has commissioned three major orchestral works which have become part of the national educational orchestral repertoire. Dawn was awarded the 2007 Presidential Award from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council which recognized her contributions to promoting the Arts in Sussex County.