Meet Our New Band Director – Natalia Tomasello

Meet Our New Band Director – Natalia Tomasello

Natalia Tomasello is a versatile musician who has been playing and studying saxophone for over half of her life. Throughout her schooling, Natalia has participated in several ensembles including Fresno State’s top wind ensemble, the Fresno State Wind Orchestra. Natalia also became a member of Fresno State’s top jazz ensemble, The Fresno State Jazz Orchestra, performing on both tenor saxophone and alto saxophone. Through her jazz practice, Natalia focuses on woodwind doubling including performing on the flute, piccolo and clarinet. She also spent three years in the Fresno State Scholarship Band “Bulldog Beat.” Natalia has been a member of marching band for 10 years of her life. Through this practice, Natalia has become a leader in both her high school marching band and her college marching band. She has had the honor of serving as the Drum Major for two years each in both her high school and college careers.

Natalia Tomasello also enjoyed performing in The Fresno State Saxophone Quartet. She performed as a singer for the Resisting a Rest A’capella group. From 2011-2013 Natalia taught for the Clovis East Marching Band as a Visual and Music coach. She also spent her time giving saxophone lessons to college, high school, and middle school students.

From 2014-2016 Natalia worked on her Masters in Instrumental Performance and her Single Subject teaching credential in music. During her graduate and credential studies, Natalia worked as a Teachers Associate, teaching introductory music classes to non-music majors. In her last year of her graduate work, Natalia served as a Graduate Assistant for the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band and Scholarship Bulldog Beat groups under the direction of Steve McKeithen.

When Natalia graduated in 2016, she was awarded the Dean’s Medal for the Arts and Humanities Department at Fresno State, graduating with the highest honors.

During the summer months, Natalia works for Donner Mine Music Camp as the Musical Assistant up in Northern California. She has been a part of this music camp for over 14 years. Natalia was newly elected as the President of the board for Donner Mine Music Camp.  Natalia is also a member of the Winds of Clovis, a professional wind ensemble in the Clovis community. This year she will be attending the International Midwest Clinic as a performer with the ensemble.

Natalia has just completed her second year of teaching as a band director at Firebaugh Middle School. She started the jazz band program at the middle school in 2016. She will be approaching her third year of teaching with McQueen High School.