About 'Round Midnight
'Round Midnight has been thrilling audiences for two decades with their one-of-a-kind style. They demonstrate how barbershop harmony can be applied to different musical genres like R&B, pop, jazz, rock, and Broadway. Known for their innovative vocal charts by resident arranger and dynamic lead singer Wayne Grimmer, the Harmonizer Magazine says that their unique identity has "subtly influenced other group's song choices, arranging techniques, and vocal stylings."
Dubbed "The Barbershop Gateway Drug" by Contemporary A Cappella guru Deke Sharon (Music Director - Pitch Perfect film series), ‘Round Midnight has earned accolades from various A Cappella organizations including: CASA - The Contemporary A Cappella Society, Varsity Vocals, Harmony Sweepstakes, and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). The quartet is a three-time Top 10 World Finalist in the BHS International Barbershop Quartet Contest as well as a two-time Harmony Sweepstakes National Finalist and "Audience Favorite" award winner. The group has received praise for their recording efforts too, garnering multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations.
In their advocacy for music education, ‘Round Midnight was appointed as an "Arts Envoy" group by the U.S. State Department and sponsored to share barbershop harmony on a week-long tour of schools and free public concerts in the Eastern European country of Latvia. They have served as clinicians for barbershop master classes, festivals, workshops, assemblies, and camps for students of all ages from Kindergarten through University (and beyond) in North America and Europe. More info at RoundMidnightQuartet.com
LARRY BOMBACK - tenor
Larry is Senior Vice President of Administration at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, one of the top music conservatories in the world. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at DataArts. Previously, Larry was Director of Finance and Operations at OPERA America, and Operations Manager at the award-winning New York Youth Symphony. Larry is also the founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed “Voices of Gotham” Men’s Chorus from New York City. A former Lecturer of Music History at Hunter College in Manhattan, he has published articles in several esteemed periodicals, and has presented lectures in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
WAYNE GRIMMER - lead
Wayne is the resident vocal arranger for ‘Round Midnight. He earned a Master's degree in Composition and Arranging from Five Towns College in his native New York, where he taught for several years as a music professor. While living in New York, he was the Musical Director of three barbershop ensembles and he has served as a guest director and clinician for various youth barbershop harmony camps and workshops. He is now, appropriately, a resident of Nashville, Tennessee (aka "Music City, USA"). His popular A Cappella arrangements have been published by Hal Leonard Corporation and are performed by ensembles all over the world. Wayne's arrangement of "Take The 'A' Train" won best arrangement at the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals.
T.J. CAROLLO - baritone
T.J. is the Choral and Drama Director at a middle school in New York, where he directs three choirs and the musical theater program. His choral program has been recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the U.S. by The NAMM Foundation. T.J. has created and taught seminars to assist educators aspiring to establish engaging theater programs in their own schools. He also serves as a mentor for collegiate pre-service music teachers in the field. T.J. earned degrees in Music Education from Five Towns College, where he was a founding member of the institution’s storied collegiate barbershop program.
JEFF GLEMBOSKI - bass
Jeff is an elementary school classroom/choral music teacher on Long Island, NY. He is a Five Towns College alumnus with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, both in Music Education. Jeff is the currently the Musical Director of both the Twin Shores Chorus and the Long Island Sound Chorus along with its scholastic offshoot, the Five Towns College collegiate barbershop program. He has served as a clinician and director at multiple barbershop youth events. In addition, he moonlights as a featured vocalist with “New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band”.
'Round Midnight is dedicated to the cause of formal music education in schools and continuing music education for adults of all ages. Contact us today to set up a tour of your local schools!
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