Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with the famous, solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, Saul Goodman. Upon graduation, he was offered the position of Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Josef Krips. During his 36-year tenure with the Symphony, Cirone also performed under the Musical Directorship of Seiji Ozawa, Edo DeWaart, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas, along with noted guest conductors, such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Kubelik and James Levine.
Mr. Cirone was also Professor of Music at San José State University and Chairman of the Percussion Department. He conducted the Percussion Ensemble, taught Fundamental Literature and Techniques, Percussion Pedagogy and Notation/Computer Music Typography classes. He has also been on the faculties of San Francisco State University, Stanford University and The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he chaired the Percussion Department. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras and universities throughout the world.