B.S., Kent State University
M.M., University of Akron, Ohio
James Romeo graduated with his B.S. in music from Kent State University and the M.M. degree from The University of Akron. Before teaching at San Diego Mesa College, Professor Romeo was Assistant Director of Bands at California State University, Fullerton. Prior to that, he was the Associate Conductor of Bands and Professor of Saxophone at The University of Akron in Ohio.
Mr. Romeo is a saxophonist with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Saxophone Quartet. He has played with the Cleveland Winds, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as both a participant and soloist in three World Saxophone Congresses as well as at numerous other national and regional events.
He has had various saxophone compositions written for him including a recent premier of Harry Semantix, written by Dr. Igor Korneitchouk. Mr. Romeo debuted this piece at Lincoln Center with the New York Chamber Orchestra in March of 2000.
He has played with or under Arthur Fiedler, Robert Shaw, Frederick Fennel, Bob Hope, Bob Boss, Bob Magnusson, Louis Bellson, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Gary Foster,
The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bill Watrous, Gary Foster, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Linda Ronstadt, Mitch and Mickey, and many other high profile musicians and entertainers.
James Romeo is full Professor of Music at San Diego Mesa College where he directs the award-winning Concert Jazz Band and courses in jazz history and instructs all saxophone majors for the Music Department. He also directs the Kearny Mesa Concert Band for San Diego Continuing Education. His ensembles are in great demand for campus and community functions.