2024 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree

Gina R. Pellettiere

The late Gina Rose Pellettiere

Former High School Band Director
Farmingdale UFSD

At the start of this school year, Farmingdale lost one of its greatest educators in a tragic bus accident that injured 40 students on the way to band camp in Pennsylvania. Farmingdale High School Marching Band Director Gina Pellettiere was responsible for more than doubling the size of the school music program during her tenure, transforming it into one of the most impressive programs Long Island.

Under Ms. Pellettiere’s direction, the FHS marching band has become the pride of the community, their halftime show as responsible for packing the stands at Friday night football games as the championship Dalers themselves. She vastly improved the quality of the Farmingdale Wind Ensemble, which now performs at the highest levels at the annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival, where they regularly earn Gold and Gold with Distinction.

Ms. Pellettiere was an active member of NYSSMA and the National Association for Music Education (NAFME); an officer in the Nassau Music Educators Affiliation; and chair of multiple all-county music festivals, as well as a guest conductor in both Nassau and Suffolk all-county festivals. She sat on the board of directors of the Newsday Marching Band Committee, where she was instrumental in organizing a yearly three-night event hosting thousands of band students and teachers.

Ms. Pellettiere was beloved and respected by her students and colleagues alike, serving as a mentor to new teachers and as lead teacher for the entire music department. She was a fixture at school sporting events, pep rallies, concerts, honor society inductions, and musicals. Both school and community are still reeling from the loss of this exceptional educator, mentor and person.