As a young boy growing up in Chicago, music did not play a significant role in my life, as sports trumped my early piano studies. It was not until college and after one semester in pre-med that I became serious about a career in music, but there was much ground to be made up. I commuted as a music major, and I worked weekends in my father's Italian restaurant. After graduation, I was drafted into the Armed Service and assigned to the First Army Band. Those college and army experiences were contributing factors in developing my diversity and qualities as a person and as a musician.
What has music meant to me? Foremost, I owe a debt of gratitude to many, and I am also blessed to have had such a rewarding life in music, one which I have committed to wholeheartedly. I can't imagine a life without music. A couple of quotes to ponder: when Albert Einstein was asked what if an atomic bomb destroyed the world, he responded simply "there would be no more Mozart"; and Rachmaninoff said "music is enough for a whole lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music".
Dr. Joseph Di Piazza