JJ Pipitone - Assistant Band Director
JJ Pipitone received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas.
JJ is an assistant band director at Grapevine High School in Dallas, Texas, where he has been since 2005. He is responsible for the Music Theory and Music History Classes, the Jazz Band, the musical, the Symphonic Band and oversees all percussion activities from 6th-12th grade. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of Percussion at Lewisville High School in Dallas, Texas, where he taught for 9 years.
JJ has extensive drum corp experience, having marched for 10 years in drum corps all over the country including numerous drum corps in the up-state New York area; the Dutch Boy, from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; the Phantom Regiment, from Rockford, Illinois; and the Concord Blue Devils from Concord, California. He won the DCI Multi-Tenor individuals in 1989 and the PAS Multi-Tenor Individuals in 1990.
In 1995 and 1996, JJ taught the World Champion Phantom Regiment and was the caption head and percussion arranger in 1997. In 1998 and 1999, he taught the Glassmen. In 2001 and 2002, JJ was a consultant for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corp. He was a consultant for the Empire Statesman Senior Drum & Bugle Corp from Rochester, New York 2006 and 2007.
JJ’s extensive judging experience has made him one of the most in demand Music/Percussion judges in the United States. He judges numerous marching band competitions in the fall, indoor winter drumline competitions in the spring and Drum Corp International in the summer.
His compositions and arrangements are published by Drop 6 Media, inc. and Wylie Publications. JJ is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and mallets.