Louis A. Casini

 

EDUCATION

Graduated from Follansbee High School 1967

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University 1972

Master of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University 1974

Post Graduate Work, Carnegie Mellon University

Post Graduate Work, West Virginia University

 

EMPLOYMENT

GradeQuick/Edline – Implementation Specialist/Trainer, 2006 to 2011

Technology Coordinator, Hancock County Schools, 1998 to 2006

Band Director at Chester Jr. High School/Oak Glen Middle School, Chester, WV, 1972 to 1998

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, West Liberty State College, 1974

Technology Representative/Committee Chair, Hancock County Schools, 1992 - 1998

 Director of Wind Ensemble, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program, 1993 - 1998

Program Director, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Music Program, 1995 - 1998

Director, Carnegie Mellon Youth Brass Band, 1998 - 2005

 

AFFILIATIONS

West Virginia Bandmasters Association, First Vice President 1986 - 1990

WVBA Graded Music List Chairman 1980 to 1997

WV Secondary Schools Activities Commission Band Committee 1980 - 1997

Region I Bandmasters Association, President 1980 - 1992

Phi Beta Mu, Alpha Tau Chapter (WV), Past President

National Band Association, WV State Representative

Music Educators National Conference

American Federation Of Musicians

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music Honorary Fraternity

Phi Kappa Phi, Scholastic Honorary Fraternity

WVMEA Technology Chair 1996 – 1998

West Virginia 21st Century Schools Planning Committee, 2005 - 2006

 

CLINICIAN/PRESENTER

1993 & 1998 WVMEA Conferences (Use of Technology in Music Education)

1994 WVCMEA Conference (Teaching Music in the Middle School)

Presenter, Bell Atlantic World School Symposium 1994, 1998 (Networking)

WVDOE State Internet Trainer

Presenter, Logan County Teachers Academy, 1996 (PowerPoint)

Presenter, Logan County Teachers Academy, 1997  (Microsoft Office)

Presenter, Appalachian Educational Laboratories, 1997 (Microsoft Access & Excel)

Presenter, Bell Atlantic World School Symposium 1997 & 1998(PowerPoint/Multi-Media)

Consultant with Educational Technology Group

Moderator, Bell Atlantic World School Project

Information Specialist, AskLN division of the AT&T Learning Network1997 – 1998

Presenter, WV State Technology Conferences 2004, 2005, 2006

Presenter, WVEIS Data Conferences 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

River City Brass Band 1989 to 2005, Solo Cornet and Associate Conductor

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra 1984 to 1989, Principal Trumpet

Brass Unlimited (Brass Quintet)

Vince Villanova Big Band (Music Director & Leader)

Free Lance orchestra, band and musical theater dates

Guest soloist and guest conductor

 

HONORS

National Band Association Citation Of Excellence, 1980

Phi Beta Mu WV Bandmaster Of The Year, 1983

Hancock County Teacher Of The Year, 1983

Who's Who Among American Teachers 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997

Guest Conductor 1994 West Virginia University Honors Band

Guest Conductor Harrison County All Star Band, 1984 & 1998

WVTEAMS Educational Technology Award, 1997

Guest Conductor, Beaver County High School Honor Band, 2006

Recognized by WV State Superintendent for efforts with 21st Century School Committee – 2006

West Virginia Music Educators Association Hall of Fame – 2019

 

 

WITH CHESTER JUNIOR HIGH / OAK GLEN MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND

West Virginia Music Educators Honor Finalist

1981, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990

Mid East Instrumental Conference Honor Group, 1983

West Virginia University Student Music Educators Honor Group, 1993

 

 

GRANT AWARDS

1999 Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant

$193,000 to Upgrade Elementary School Computer Systems

 

1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 School Building Authority Cabling Grants

(To Upgrade Network Infrastructure of Elementary and Secondary Schools)

 

1999 Legislative Special Grant

$40,000 to Provide Computers, Data Projectors and Smart Boards for Middle Schools

 

2001 Project TEST Grant

$40,000 to provide computers and video editing equipment for all Hancock Schools.

 

2002 Project WIRED Grant

$40,000 for Wireless access points and Wireless Notebooks for all schools.

 

2006 – Technology Opportunity Center Grant

With The EdVenture Group and The Appalachian Regional Committee

 

 

Additional Information

In 1995, the students of my eighth grade Internet exploratory class designed the first ever website for a sitting governor of the state of West Virginia at the request of Governor Gaston Caperton.  In addition, in that year, the school’s website was featured in a book published by Adobe Press entitled “KIDS DO THE WEB”.  I developed the first computerized database of music selections for the West Virginia Bandmasters Association and posted that information on the WVBA website in 1995.

 I am responsible for designing and implementing websites for Oak Glen Middle School, Hancock County Schools, the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, the West Virginia Music Educators Association, Educational Technology Group, and the River City Brass Band.  I also maintain a teacher training support page at www.casini.net.