A graduate of TC's Doctoral Program in Music Education, Angelo Miranda serves as an adjunct instructor in the Music Education program, offering aspiring music teachers an opportunity to learn about percussion methods. Angelo has an extensive performance background in the greater New York area with over 40 years of experience as drummer-percussionist.
A sample of local venues where Angelo has performed would include: The Symphony Space Theater, The St. Regis Hotel, Madison Square Garden and The Waldorf Astoria. Angelo played and toured with The Harlem Opera Society where he was a member of the pit orchestra jazz quartet. He was also timpanist for Virgil Thomson’s New York premiere performance of Plough that Broke The Plains which took place at the Cathedral of Saint John the DivIne. Regarding his teachers, Angelo is always happy to mention that his very first drumset teacher was the legendary Count Basie drummer “Papa” Jo Jones who he studied with briefly at the then popular Sam Ippolito Professional Percussion Shop on 50th St. and eighth Ave. It was there that he met his most important mentor, Norman Grossman from the Mannes College of Music. Dr. Miranda also provides lessons to non-music majors from Columbia University who may have special interests in jazz drumming, electronic percussion and/or latin percussion.
Robert Roche DuFault
Originally from San Antonio, TX and a percussionist at heart, Robert grew up thick in the “band tradition” of Texas. He started playing percussion in 6th grade.
Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University in 1998 under the education guidance of Prof. Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands, and Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, Director of Percussion.
After living in Texas for most of his life, 1998 brought him to the wonderful state of Virginia. In 2004, Robert came to Loudoun County and started teaching in the Sterling MS /Park View HS cluster. After teaching there for five years, he continued teaching middle school band in the Brambleton area for another six years. In 2012, Robert completed his Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Michigan.
He recently did step down this past year after teaching 11 years in Loudoun County Public Schools. Last Fall, Robert began pursing his doctorate degree from Teachers College. Robert also recently got married last summer and absolutely LOVES his wife, Rachel, and enjoys cooking with her and taking their puppy beagle, Penelope, to the dog park as much as possible!