Larry Ballereau has been a member of the music faculty of the Syosset Central School District for the past twenty eight years, the past twenty three years as the Director of Bands at Syosset High School, conducting the Jazz and Wind Ensembles. Mr. Ballereau holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Hofstra University and a Master of Music Education Degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post College.
In 2010, Mr. Ballereau was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as the Educator of Note. He was recognized for his development of a three-course curriculum for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. The courses, Commercial Music, Recording for Musicians and Improvising Music, helped the Syosset Music Department attain national recognition, including a 2001 Kennedy Center Award and five-time designation as a Grammy Signature School. The Wind Ensemble, under Mr. Ballereau’s direction, has received numerous Level VI Gold with Distinction NYSSMA ratings. In 2011, the PTA of the Syosset Central School District presented Mr. Ballereau with the Jenkins Award, acknowledging the significant contributions he has made to students through music education. In addition, he has been recognized throughout his educational career by Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Mr. Ballereau is currently an adjunct member of the Hofstra University music faculty, teaching woodwind methods. He previously served as an adjunct professor of saxophone at Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
In addition to his career as an educator, Mr. Ballereau has worked for over thirty years as a band leader, woodwind player, guitarist and vocalist, having performed with such well known artists as Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Jeff Kashiwa, Conrad Korsch, Michael Feinstein, Idina Menzel, Phoebe Snow and Billy Taylor. He has also performed in or conducted numerous pit orchestras for regional theatre companies. In addition to conducting and performing, Mr. Ballereau runs his own recording studio, where he mixes, arranges and produces independent recordings and film projects. He has released two CDs of his original compositions. Mr. Ballereau is a member of the NYSSMA Technology Committee and is a certified member of TI:ME (Technology in Music Education).