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Garden City Life - Schools

Band Director Retires

Peter Stanganelli, a band director in Garden City Schools for 34 years, has announced his retirement effective July 1. Peter has been a popular teacher in Garden City since the 1980s when he led the Garden City High School Band to international awards in both London and Holland. The Garden City High School band under Stanganelli’s direction also won first-place honors for marching at the Azalea Festival in Virginia in 1990.  

Stanganelli transferred to Stewart School in 1991 where he has greatly enjoyed teaching elementary band over the last 22 years. He says that he got a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a beginner student blossom into a fine musician. He especially loved the enthusiasm of his younger music students.

The retired educator will still be very active in Garden City, performing with his small ensemble and giving private music lessons to a limited number of students. He will start his new private music lesson practice this summer and fall. Stanganelli is a woodwind specialist and teaches beginners through advanced students on clarinet, flute and saxophone. He also teaches beginners on brass instruments.  Piano and guitar lessons can be taught at all levels in your Garden City home. For more information, please call 516-263-6005.