Education Advisory Board

The Long Island Music 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

Jimmy Rosica: Founding member, Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge; proprietor and principal instructor of the Very Cool Music School

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

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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