Thomas M. Ruggieri - Director of Bands
An alumnus of Boardman High School and the Boardman Bands, Mr. Ruggieri is in his sixteenth year as only the fourth director in the history of the Band. Prior to this, he taught for two years in Liberty and for eight years at Youngstown's East High School and North Junior High. He began his teaching career with a half-year service with the Boardman Band. He also directs the St. Charles Youth Chamber Orchestra.
He graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor's degree in music education in 1988, and from Marygrove College with master’s degree in 2004. Mr. Ruggieri is a member of Music Educators National Conference and the Ohio Music Education Association. He is listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.
Mr. Ruggieri was honored to have been selected as a quarter-finalist for the first ever GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Over 30,000 nominations came in from across the country in February, 2013 when the award was introduced during the GRAMMY Awards telecast. The Foundation and selection committee narrowed the list to 217 quarterfinalists including Ruggieri. He was also a quarter-finalist for the 2015 award.
As a performer, Mr. Ruggieri is one of the most active drummer/ percussionists in the area. He has performed with The Diamonds, The Marvelettes, The Four Aces, The Drifters, The Lettermen, Frank Gorshin, Henry Cuesta, Gianni Russo, Dick Contino, Franco Corso, and Pete Barbuti. He can be heard on two CDs released by Steinway Artist Joe Augustine: Moondance and Christmas Is; and the recently released Ecto Perfecto by jazz bassist Bambo Kino. He is currently performing locally with the wedding/party band BACKBEAT, and jazz group THE JOHN REESE PROJECT.
Mr. Ruggieri, his wife Patti, daughter Rachel, and son Nico live in Boardman.
Boardman Band Directors
7777 Glenwood Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44512
Timothy P. Tuite - Assistant Director
The 2014-15 school year marks Mr. Tuite’s tenth year as a teacher in the Boardman school system. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education.
Originally hailing from Washington Township PA, Mr. Tuite was introduced to music and the trumpet through the nationally acclaimed Kiski Area music program.
In addition to performing in the top concert and jazz ensembles at YSU’s Dana School of Music, Mr. Tuite served as Drum Major and later assistant director of the YSU Marching Pride. In the summers of 99-00, Mr. Tuite performed with the world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL and was a cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway show, “Blast!” from 2001-02.
Timothy has been a free lance trumpet player and teacher in the greater Youngstown area and has instructed several
successful high school marching bands in northeastern OH and western PA as well as working with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy at the Bands of America Summer Symposium.
Mr. Tuite finished his bachelor’s degree as a student teacher at Boardman. “I am very proud to be teaching in one of the top 100 schools for music education in United States. It is an honor to be a part of the great team of music teachers and talented students that are the Boardman Band. Each year I am amazed at the talent, hard work, commitment and integrity of the young people that I work with. They are a special group and are truly among the finest that this great community has to offer.”
Michael J. Shevock - Assistant Director
Mr. Shevock begins his twelfth year as assistant director of the Boardman Spartan Marching Band and as director of bands at Boardman Glenwood Middle School.
Mr. Shevock received a BS in Education, Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Music, Trombone Performance from Youngstown State University. Mr. Shevock has performed as substitute principal trombonist and bass trombonist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, WD Packard Concert Band, and several other area groups. He was formerly part-time trombone faculty at Youngstown State University. Mr. Shevock is a member of the International Trombone Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Music Educator’s National Conference, and the Ohio Music Education Association.
Mr. Shevock, his wife Francine, and daughters Anna and Carly and son Andrew live in Boardman.