James Busuito

Assistant Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands

Music Education

James Busuito is a member of the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is the assistant director of Athletic Bands. He is an instructor for the Marching Scarlet Knights and Pep Bands, and he conducts the Rutgers University Symphony Band and Brass Ensemble.

Busuito has completed the coursework for the degree of doctor of musical arts in wind conducting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Dr. Steve Peterson. As a graduate teaching assistant, he has worked with musicians in the university concert bands, athletic bands, conducting, and music education classes. Busuito received additional mentorship from Professor Barry Houser and Drs. Beth Peterson and Linda Moorhouse. In 2015 he received a master of music in wind conducting at Western Michigan University where he was a graduate assistant, studying with Drs. Scott Boerma and David Montgomery. In 2009, Busuito received a bachelor of music education degree from Western Michigan University, studying trombone with Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.

Between 2009 and 2013, Busuito served as the assistant director of bands at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. He taught a variety of ensembles, including the concert, jazz, and marching bands, as well as guitar and general music classes. He was also responsible for the implementation of AP Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music courses. Busuito helped bring to life the Oxford Arts Conservatory which provides a specialized curriculum to those students who wish to pursue a professional field in the arts beyond high school.

Busuito was a member of the brass staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard for four seasons between 2012 and 2015, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. He was also a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007.