Tony Boffa graduated from Cheverus High School in 1968. He somehow knew at age 15 that music would be his life. While learning the pop tunes of the times, he was also intrigued by the improvisational styles of the great be-bop players. Music in various styles was the only thing that motivated him. His natural urge to entertain led to the development of his unique musical personality. Under the tutelage of local educators Don Doane and Thomas Bucci, Tony graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1973. Tony earned his way through college, teaching privately, instructing at Bowdoin College,and playing extensively as a sideman in show and jazz bands. Frustrated with the leadership skills of many of his employers Tony began leading his own ensembles. Tony credits Don Doane, Tom Bucci, and Commercial band leaders Larry Bisso(Massachusetts) and Arnold Most (New Haven Connecticut) with helping him combine schooled musicianship with entertainment skills. This combination is what makes The Tony Boffa Band so consistent and successful.
Tony's educational life is a tribute to once again Don Doane and Tom Bucci who gave their advice and knowledge unselfishly. Tony would also like to mention Bill Leavitt. Bill was the head of the guitar department at Berklee College of Music. These men gave so much to him for so little in return, he learned the magic of good teaching. In a world of lowering standards and tolerating instead of teaching he is trying to restore honesty and energy to teaching. Tony states, "All I have to do is be as good an influence to others as the great influences in my life were to me and I can't miss"!
Jimmy Macisso has been gigging with the Tony Boffa Band since
1985! Jim's versatile talent has allowed him to play saxophone with the
band for the first ten years and currently can be heard playing the bass
guitar and covering vocals. Jimmy's inherited good looks make for an
unbelievable stage presence that lights up any performance.
Carmine Terracciano has been the keyboard player for the Tony
Boffa Band since January 1999, and he is the only band member "from
away,' New York to be exact. Before this he was in the Alan King Band,
and soon after joining with Tony, convinced Alan to join the band. He
started piano under his mother's tutelage at the age of 7. He then
studied music at SUNY Stony Brook, NYU, where he met his lovely wife
Kerrie at Hunter College. During this time he did the "coffee house"
thing writing and performing musical parodies. Carmine finally left the
Big Apple after realizing he wanted to live "the way life should be". Carmine
has three incredibly bright and talented children, Gabriel, Isabel and
Vincent, and waves to them often on his way to gigs and his day job. It's been suggested he quit his day job!
Alan King Sr is a graduate of Westbrook High School. He then studied Business and Music Education at the University of Southern Maine. Alan has performed with such names as the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Gene Krupa Tribute Band, Luther “guitar” Johnson, Denis Diblasio, and The Temptations. During this time, Alan also managed the Tony Boffa Music Agency. Not only has Alan been an instructor throughout So. Maine, but also in Port Charlotte, Florida, The University School For The Gifted and Talented, and The University Of Southern Maine. He has been an Adjudicator for So. Maine Music Festival, Maine State Jazz Competition, So. Maine Solo Ensemble Festival, So. Maine Honors Band Festivals, and Maine All State Music Festival. He has performed with Bands, Orchestras, Quintets, and Big Bands too numerous to mention. Alan has also been a Brass Clinician throughout New England. He currently is the head of the Brass Department and an Ensemble instructor at the Tony Boffa School of Contemporary Music.
Larry Williams received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1989 and his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies in 2007 from the University of Southern Maine. Today, he teaches music at Poland Regional High School and Whittier Middle School. With over 20 years of teaching and professional playing experience, Larry brings a diverse background of musical knowledge and a solid work ethic to the band. Although his main instrument is saxophone, he also plays bass and steel drums when the opportunity arises. Performance credits include appearances with Clark Terry, Frank Foster, The New York Voices, Wayne Bergeron, Denis Diblasio and The Temptations. Additionally, The Larry Williams Band is his new 9 piece band that will to continue the same philosophy and tradition of the Tony Boffa Band. He also appears regularly with The Portland Jazz Orchestra and performs with his own trio.
Britting joined the Tony
Boffa Band at the ripe age of 19 and has been filling the trombone
slot since the summer of 2004. Under the tutelage of Tony in melody
and improv and garage bands during high school, he learned various
styles in music and was eventually introduced to trombone educator
and mentor, Don Doane. Through their guidance, Tyler found himself
involved in many elite musical groups including Jazz All State, So.
Maine Jazz, and the Maine High School Jazz All-Stars, playing live
with artists such as Cleo Lane, John Dankworth, and the legendary
Dave Brubeck! Tyler also took home multiple awards in his high school
jazz combo such as the Outstanding Trombone Award for his division in
the Maine State Jazz Competition as well as the illustrious
Outstanding Musicianship Award from the Berklee College of Music Jazz
Festival in 2002. Outside of the Tony Boffa Band, Tyler is involved
in other musical ventures such as composition and dabbling with
Ciechomski is currently the Director of Bands at Harrison
Middle School in Yarmouth, Maine where he conducts four concert bands
and three jazz bands. Brad received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees
from The University of New Hampshire where he studied composition with
Andrew Boysen Jr.
from composing, Brad is active in New England as a clinician,
adjudicator and guest conductor at district and state music festivals
appeared on stage with jazz great such as Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Bob
Mintzer, The New York Voices, Wayne Bergeron, and Conrad Herwig just to
name a few. He has even rocked out with David Crosby of Crosby, Stills
and Nash. Brad lives in Portland, Maine with his bass playing wife and
two wonderful daughters. Brad
has received commissions by bands at every level, elementary through
college, as well as having his compositions showcased at MENC’s national
convention. Brad’s music is published nationally with Kjos Music,
Alfred Music, Kendor and FJH Music. His published works are written for
concert bands as well as jazz bands.
Owen Conforte, Maine-based guitarist and composer, started playing at the age of 13, taking his first lessons from his father, Mark. Strongly passionate for performance and composition, Owen quickly developed skills in order to write music and play in venues since the age of 15. Developing a foundation in blues and rock, he starting studying jazz and classical in high school (Fryeburg Academy). Owen would go on to win awards at the state and national level, including the "Superior Musician Award" at the 2007 Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
While attending the University of Southern Maine for his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, he had the privilege of working with people in many different musical fields (Composition for a musical, Florida PBS soundtracks, film scoring and acting in an independent film, and 3 self run projects). He worked with audio-engineer Joshua Strange to produce his first full-length album (Thank You November, 2010). After graduating cum laude in 2012, he moved to Portland, Maine, where he currently resides. Today, Owen plays guitar in the Tony Boffa Band, plays and sings in the Larry Williams Band, and leads his own group, OC and the Offbeats. When he isn't performing or writing music, he holds an active lifestyle as a long distance runner.