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Born to Louis & Josephine Iandoli in Portsmith, VA in 1954. I had 2 siblings Robert and Donna. We moved to Long Island, NY and spent most of my elementary school years in Long Island. My father's catering business was located in Greenwich, CT, so we , as a family decided to move to Connecticut in order for my father to be closer to work. Our place of residence was located in Norwalk, CT where I spent my junior and senior high school years. I took drum/percussion lessons, played baseball, hockey and football. I forgot to mention earlier that I started taking lessons at age 6. I played in the junior high band for 3 years but did not continue playing in high school whlie stiil taking lessons. My interests changed to sports at that time. Upon graduating high school, I decided to attend the University of Tampa and major in math. My direction would be education, to become a math teacher. After the first semester it was apparent that I should change my major to music education, which I did. So as a result, taking jazz ensemble, marching band, university ensemble, madrigal singers, university choir, show choir, percussion ensemble and many other performance classes as well as education classes, I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Upon graduation I moved to Fort Worth, TX to become part of a ministry and band. I taught private percussion lessons in several school systems for approximately 11 years as well as playing for a theatre group for 5 years. I also played in worship bands as well. I met my wife Kathryn at church who is originally from Wilmington, NC. Over the 41 years of marriage we had 6 biological children (Diana, David, Amy, Stephen, Nathan & Matthew) and one adopted (Abigail). They all have, to some degree, a little musical talent as well. We eventually settled in Wimington, NC about 30 years ago where I was honored to perform with the Wilmington Symphony, taught lessons, performed for Thalian Hall productions, conducted orchestra as a substitute teacher in New Hanover County Schools, was the orchestra director at Myrtle Grove Presbytarian Church for 7 years and am currently in several worship bands at the church I attend. My wife was the homeschool director for this region as well as on the state board. She was an amazing women and served her community for 27 years. She lost a battle with cancer in June of 2021. I miss her dearly, I also wanted to mention over the years I was involved in the scouting program with my boys and we were foster parents for over 10 years. God has a new chapter that he is orhestrating for me and I am happy to share it with those who will gleen from my expeience. He is a faithful God.