James Romeo is full professor of music
at San Diego Mesa College where he directs the
award-winning Concert Jazz Band and the Kearny
Mesa Concert Band. He teaches courses in jazz
history, world music, and instructs all saxophone
majors. His ensembles are in great demand for
campus and community functions.
Before teaching at San Diego Mesa College,
Professor Romeo was assistant director of bands
at California State University, Fullerton. Prior
to that, he was the associate conductor of bands
and professor of saxophone at the University of
Mr. Romeo is a saxophonist with the San Diego
Symphony and the San Diego Saxophone Quartet. He has played with the Cleveland
Winds, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared
as both a participant and soloist in three World Saxophone Congresses as well as at numerous
other national and regional events.
Mr. Romeo has had various saxophone compositions written for him including a recent
premier of Harry Semantix, written by Igor Korneitchouk. Mr. Romeo debuted this piece
at Lincoln Center with the New York Chamber Orchestra in March of 2000.
Mr. Romeo has played with or under Arthur Fiedler, Robert Shaw, Frederick Fennel, Bob
Hope, Louis Bellson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels,
Gary Foster, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Linda Ronstadt, Mitch and Mickey, and many other
high profile musicians and entertainers.