Mr. John C. Diomede
Director of Bands
Park Ridge High School is near and dear to my heart, especially since I have had continuous involvement in the PRHS marching band for the past twenty-five years! I moved into Park Ridge when I was in the second grade and joined band as a trombone player in elementary school. When I graduated from East Brook Elementary School, I joined the Park Ridge marching band in seventh grade. My involvement in marching band was what solidified my love of and passion for music. As a senior, I was named the lone drum major of the marching band for the 2002-2003 season.
I attended the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and completed my Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in music composition in 2007. I performed with That Ram Band and many ensembles on a variety of instruments. I also took many classes in the area of music education, but I felt more strongly connected to writing music at that point in my life. In 2009, I graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Master of Music degree in stage music composition. For my thesis, I wrote an opera that was performed on stage in the spring of 2009.
While completing my masters, I taught general music and chorus at a small Catholic school outside of Washington DC. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at that school and realized how much I love sharing my passion for music with others. Upon graduation from Catholic University, I took classes to complete my teaching certificate that would allow me to teach music in public schools here in New Jersey.
My first public school teaching position was in Glen Rock, NJ. I spent eleven years teaching general music, chorus, strings, and band at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. My position in Glen Rock also included teaching string instruments at the Glen Rock Middle School, as well as a club for string instruments at the high school level.
I loved my time in Glen Rock, but I am very excited to be back “home” in Park Ridge! I have been the assistant marching band director here in Park Ridge for eleven years, and I am very excited to now be serving as band director. I have a vision for this band program and I cannot wait to take steps together, as a band, toward the future.
(201) 573-6000 -- Ext. 5931
John Diomede, Director of Bands
Park Ridge High School
2 Park Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656