I have determined that my life's purpose is music, and anything related. My productivity as a human is almost entirely musical, whether it's being a music teacher, playing in a punk rock band, or a marching band, or providing solutions for people who need help in producing music. My goal is to be all the musician I can be, and that includes being a part of the production process. I've been providing sheet music services and solutions since my college days. I started out offering my services to the Hunter College Music Department - its staff, and students. Word quickly spread. Professor's contacted me for work. So I made a side business out of it. Since then, my copyist work has been published in professional music journals, and scholarly books. I've been asked to be the sole copyist on major works. I've engraved music from budding composers, who opt to self publish their works. I've engraved my own compositions for self-publication, and have had pieces published through other companies. I work hard, and I love the work. I hope I get to do work for you someday.
John Licari - a music teacher, percussionist, music copyist, and composer - is from Upstate New York. He received his AAS in Music Business (2005) from SUNY Orange, BA in Music (2009), and his MA in Music Education (2011) both from CUNY Hunter.
After graduating in 2011, he started working as a music teacher in the New York City public school system. He currently works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he directs a both a concert band, and a modern rock band, and assists with the choir and string orchestra.
When he is not setting a score, composing, or teaching, he continues to do what he loves doing in his spare time - play the drums. For 15 years and counting, he has played drums for numerous punk rock outfits - The Black Hand, Tesla's Revenge, The Orgonauts, Cop/Out, and Punk Rock Polka Experience. He is also a percussionist for the Professional Musicians of Orange County, a collection of parade musicians who are hired to performing all over the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey.
John’s pieces have been published by HaMaR Percussion Publications, Imagine Music Publishing, Musika Publishing, and has over 40 self-published arrangements and originals on SMP Press. He also operates as a music copyist under the name Music Preparation Services (www.musicprepservices.com).
John lives in Poughkeepsie with his wife, Kerry, and daughter Lennon.