Board Members DEV

The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame’s Education Advisory Board carries out the organization’s educational mission and is led by Long Island teacher, filmmaker and radio host Tom Needham. Lending star power and educational expertise to the Board is a group of celebrities and educators who share LIMHOF’s mission and are striving to bring their love of music to future generations of Long Islanders.



Tom Needham: Chairman
Carol Brown: Arts Integration Instigator; ESBOCES Arts in Ed. coordinator, retired; NYS Alliance for Arts Education, past president.
Michael Cesarano: Assistant professor, theatre faculty, Queensborough Community College
Herbert A. Deutsch: Professor emeritus of electronic music and composition, Hofstra University
Paul Graf: Retired principal, Smithtown Elementary School
Jeffrey James: Owner, Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
John McNeur: Founder and director emeritus, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York
Daniel F. Millheiser: President, Sound Symphony Orchestra
Norm Prusslin: Professor, Stony Brook University, and founding member, LIMHOF
Charlie Puricelli: Coordinator of Arts Freeport Public schools retired, 2x Past President New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education Nassau Chapter, Past President Nassau Music Educators Association, Chairman Retired Persons Committee New York State School Music Association
Lynda Reynolds: General, manager, Sound Symphony Orchestra
Brady Rymer: Two-time Grammy nominee, recording artist and children’s entertainer
Patricia Shih: Award-winning recording artist, author, and TV personality
Joanne Spencer: Program Coordinator Arts in Education and Exploratory Enrichment Nassau BOCES Curriculum, Instruction and Technology


Honorary Members

DMC (Darryl McDaniels): Best-selling recording artist with Run-DMC
Dan Zanes: Frontman of the Grammy-winning group Dan Zanes and Friends
Carole Demas and Paula Janis: Musicians best known as the stars of TV’s The Magic Garden (1972-1984)
Johnny “Juice” Rosado: DJ, music producer, audio engineer, arrangement, musician, composer, and consultant; original member of The Bomb Squad in the band Public Enemy
Jimmy Rosica: Founding member, Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge; proprietor and principal instructor of the Very Cool Music School
Steve Burns: Guitarist, musician and singer best known as the original host of the children’s television program Blue’s Clues (1996-2002)
John Tartaglia: Actor, singer, and puppeteer who was one of the original cast members of Broadway’s Avenue Q
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