About Paul Effman
Paul Effman is the founder and director of Paul Effman Music Service (PEMS), the premier music education service for schools, students, and educators. He has been the director of the music service since founding it in 1980.
Throughout the 1970’s, Paul Effman worked with schools creating and directing band programs. In 1976, he became the Chairman of Music and the Band Director at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL. He maintained this position until 1978, when he became the Co-Chairman of Fine Arts at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, NY. In 1980, realizing the void that existed in private education, he started Paul Effman Music Service.
In 1980, he started an instrumental music program at St. Hyacinth School in Glen Head, NY. St. Hyacinth was the first school of the over 400 schools that PEMS currently serves today in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and California. Paul Effman is the founder of the Long Island Honor Band Festival, an annual festival featuring the region’s most talented students for over 30 years. The Long Island Honor Band Festival has since been joined by Honor Band Festivals in over 8 other regions today.
Under his leadership, PEMS has expanded to include three retail store locations in Lagrangeville, NY, Plainview, NY and Poughkeepsie, NY. These stores offer private lessons, repairs, and feature all of the most desirable brands of instruments and accessories.
Today, Paul Effman is still directing the music service that he started over 30 years ago. He continues to perform locally, and was the featured clarinetist at Lincoln Center in 2005. More information about his jazz ensemble can be found at www.pauleffmanensemble.com. He and his ensemble are featured at many venues. Paul Effman currently resides in Syosset, NY, with his wife and family nearby. In addition to being a musician, he is a lifelong advocate for music education. The Effman tradition of music advocacy thrives today and will continue to thrive as the next Effman generation plays an active role in the administration of the music service.
About Hutch Effman
About Lou Varuzzo
Hutch Effman is the President of Paul Effman Music Service. After receiving his degree in economics and art history from Lafayette College in 1999, he began his full-time career at PEMS. He worked directly with his father Paul for 11 years, before assuming the role of President in 2010. Although he has participated in many band programs throughout his childhood, Hutch’s primary instrument is the violin.
Hutch currently resides in Huntington, NY with his wife Stacey and his children Lilia and Kody.
Lou Varuzzo is the Director of Education for Paul Effman Music. After attending the pre-college music program at Julliard in Manhattan, Mr. Varuzzo received his BFA in Music from State University of New York at Purchase in 1986. From there he went on to performing as a professional drummer/Percussionist as well as starting his teaching career with Paul Effman Music.
Mr. Varuzzo has been a teacher with Paul Effman Music since 1988 and became the Director of Education in 2000. He is the Director of the Mid-Hudson Valley Honor band and also oversees the Honor Bands in Westchester and Massachusetts.
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