Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Saul Goodman, solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic. Upon graduation, he was offered the position of Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Josef Krips and also an Assistant Professorship of Music at San José State University where he has served from 1965 to 2001. During his ensuing tenure at the Symphony, he has performed under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Edo DeWaart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas as Music Directors and noted guest conductors such as: Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Kubelik, Leonard Slakin, and James Levine.
He served as Professor of Music at San José State University where he headed the Percussion Department and taught the Manuscript Preparation/Computer Engraving section of the Music Technology course from 1965 to 2001. Cirone has also been on the faculty of San Francisco State University and Stanford University. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras and universities around the world. Mr. Cirone was Professor of Music and Chairman of the Percussion Department of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University – Bloomington from 2001 – 2007.
A prolific composer, he has over 100 published titles, including textbooks, 3 symphonies for percussion, 4 sonatas, a string quartet, 3 pieces for wind ensemble, and 7 works for orchestra. He is the Executive Percussion Consultant/Editor for Meredith Music Publishing Co., and is the author of PORTRAITS IN RHYTHM, a collection of 50 studies for snare drum, used worldwide as a standard text for training percussionists in colleges and universities. In 1999, he received a Special Distinction Award from ASCAP for his Pentadic Striations for Orchestra. Tony is featured in a video, entitled, “Concert Percussion – A Performers Guide”, distributed by Alfred Music Publications; he has also designed two pairs of Signature Snare Drum Sticks for the Malletech Corporation; he won The Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll for Classical Percussionist five years in a row; was inducted into the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame and is an active clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Yamaha Corporation, and Remo, Inc.