James DeVivo ’94 named winner of 2018 PMEA Composition Contest
James DeVivo ’94 recently selected as the 2018 winner of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Composition Contest for his original wind band composition entitled Furin Kazan: The Way of the Samurai. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. DeVivo also holds a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Messiah College (2012) and a Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University (2003). Currently an employee of the Pleasant Valley School District in Pennsylvania, DeVivo has taught symphonic band, marching band, and jazz band for the past 22 years at Pleasant Valley High School.
Furin Kazan: The Way of the Samurai describes the four tenets a Samurai warrior must maintain in battle. These four tenets, taken from the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu, are “as swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as fire, and as immovable as a mountain.” DeVivo was recognized for his award-winning original composition at the 2018 PMEA conference this April.