Michael J. Cesario

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Michael J. Cesario is recognized as a national leader in Pageantry Arts. He is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for High School Bands and as a consultant for Drum and Bugle Corps, including World Champion Cadets, Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts. Named to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, he is responsible for creating the trademark uniforms of America’s finest Bands, Drum Corps, and Color Guards through FJM Inc. He produced the original DCI Tour of Champions and currently serves as Artistic Director of Drum Corps International.

Cesario is known for his work on Broadway, Television, and Repertory stages across the country, including Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theater, Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theatre, New York’s Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center. He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he headed the Examination process, establishing the evaluative leading to certification by this national professional design body. Respected as an educator, he was honored as Professor Emeritus by New York’s Purchase College, where he headed the Graduate Programs in Design, and served as Director of Design/Technology for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. He has been a lecturer and teacher at the Julliard School (NYC), School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College (VT), Dartmouth College (NH), and the University of Illinois. His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows and is prominent in two texts for the training of designers, “The Magic Garment” by Rebecca Cunningham and “Costumer’s Handbook” by Ingham and Covey.

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