The 20015-16 season marks Carl Jeff Bianchi’s twenty-fifth year as the conductor of the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra. From 1998-2014, Mr. Bianchi was the director of Virginia’s Ambassadors of Music’s summer tour to Europe. A current member of Phi Beta Mu, Mr. Bianchi recently received its Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award. He’s also a member of the National Band Association (NBA), as well as a past Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the NBA. A noted clinician, adjudicator and conductor, Mr. Bianchi was elected to membership in The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1987. He subsequently served on its board of directors, was elected Vice President, and in 2007-2008 served as its President.
In 1997, Mr. Bianchi retired as the Director of Bands at James Madison High School after serving Fairfax County for 29 years. Under Mr. Bianchi’s baton the James Madison High School Band represented Virginia at the annual Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1980 and 1992, and was called the “Pride of Vienna & Vienna’s Ambassadors of Goodwill” by the Town Council of Vienna, Virginia. Following its first appearance at the Mid-West Clinic in 1980, the band performed at the New York Directors Symposium, the Mid-East Clinic, Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) and ASBDA conventions, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Filene Center for the Performing Arts at Wolf Trap Farm Park. The band has been cited in the Congressional Record for musical excellence; and in 1990, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Director of the United States Marine Band, presented the Sudler Flag of Honor to the band. For three years (1995-97) the band won the “Young Artists in the Community” award sponsored by WGMS (the good music station) for the entire Washington Metropolitan Area. In Mr. Bianchi’s last year at Madison High School, he was named its “Teacher of the Year.”
Mr. Bianchi graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Music and The Performer’s Certificate in Horn. While attending Eastman, he played solo horn with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Frederick Fennell and also toured Europe, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union with the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra under the auspices of the State Department.
From 1964-68, Mr. Bianchi played with the US Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, DC. He did his graduate work at Catholic University. He has also performed with the National Gallery Orchestra, the Washington Ballet Company Orchestra, and the Washington Opera Society, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Louis, Rochester and Buffalo. In 1971, he was a member of the original cast of the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
For several years, Mr. Bianchi was the horn clinician at the ABC College – in its association with the Sam Houston State University’s graduate program. In 1975 he married Pat, they have four grand children – all boys, known affectionately as the “ruffians.”