Franco ValerianiLas Vegas
Born in Newark-NJ starts studying music with his grandfather Giuseppe Valeriani (violinist/conductor). As a teenager, living in Italy, he performed in his father’s band (drummer Franco Valeriani senior), along with “The Zephyrus”, a Mediterranean-Blues band. He later earned a Bachelor’s in saxophone performance and music-arranging from the National Music Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Napoli (Italy). Among his saxophone teachers, Antonio Balsamo, and Maurizio Giammarco are certainly the most renowned. Franco then moved to Milan where he attended CPM (Professional Music Center), school of contemporary music.
At CPM Frank studied songwriting-arranging and harmony with jazz pianist Massimo Colombo and saxophone with jazz saxophonist Michael Rosen (from Berklee College of Music – Boston). While graduating from CPM, he also performed with many well known Italian pop artists such as Cristiano Malgioglio, Ron, etc. and performed on Italian tv networks.
In 2003 Franco moves back to the US.
In Las Vegas Franco has performed with some of the best local musicians, worked as musical director for crooner Steve Rossi, (from the Allen & Rossi comedy duo), and earned a Double Major (Music History & Literature – Romance Languages) from the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) and a Master’s in Music Education with University of Florida (UFL).
Besides teaching with the Clark County School District and the College of Southern Nevada, Franco currently performs in many venues on the Las Vegas strip (MGM, Aria, Wynn, Cosmopolitan, Rio, etc.) as “The Zephyrus Project” (with team-mate Ryan Guzman on guitar) and “Bricks”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band.