LVC Music Education Alumnus Inspires Students, Leads New York Giants Drumline

Music education alumnus Tony Good at MetLife Stadium.

If you’re looking for Tony Good ’10 on a Sunday in the fall, MetLife Stadium—home of the New York Giants football team—is the most logical place to start.

Good enters his eighth season working for BD Entertainment as the director of the New York Giants Drumline, known as the G-Line. This opportunity allows him to combine his favorite activities of sports and drums. The G-Line performs at every Giants home game and conducts community outreach at schools, parties, and other events.

“I auditioned to work with a percussion entertainment company and began working as a part-time performer in NFL, NBA, and NHL entertainment. After four years of doing some of the most amazing gigs, an opportunity was presented to take over directing and managing the G-Line. Living 15 minutes from the stadium and being eager to learn and grow, I happily took on the role,” said Good, who majored in Music Education and Percussion Performance at LVC.

Away from the field, Good worked as a band teacher in New Jersey for 12 years. He accepted a new role this year in Cranford School District to be the district Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor this summer.

During his time in the classroom, he launched a fifth-grade Rock Band program where students learned a second modern band style instrument and their favorite pop and rock songs. He traveled with his middle school and high school students for Music in the Parks at Hersheypark, not only passing by LVC on the drive but recalling summers he spent as a percussion performer at the park. While working with the team in Old Bridge Township, the indoor percussion program was promoted to WGI Scholastic World Class classification, the highest status.

“Creating and giving these opportunities to young arts students is so important and impactful on their lives, and I was so proud to be able to do this,” said Good, who also twice took students to perform with the G-Line at home games.

Good credits much of this success to early lessons learned during his years at LVC—both in the classroom and in his extracurricular commitments.

“Methods classes to this day remain the most important coursework applicable in the field and one of the reasons I felt that I stood out as a strong candidate in job interviews and overall performance in the classroom/band room,” said Good.

“Two of the most important things I learned as an LVC student were work ethic and time management. Taking on a dual major while being involved with other campus clubs and organizations, I had to be highly organized, focused, and efficient with my time,” he added.

Good still uses those skills to keep a full and balanced schedule as a husband and father who works full-time, plays music gigs, teaches private lessons, and leads the G-Line, while still enjoying relaxed time with family and friends.

For future music educators considering LVC, Good highlights the top-notch education, true college experience, and career preparation.

“All my professors had the time and energy to help me out when I needed it and get to really know me so they could properly give the support I needed. The typical music education certification is a K-12 certificate with dozens of potential assignments within a school. LVC ensures that its candidates are ready for anything that the field will call for, and I mean anything! Be sure to make the most of everything you do because you never know what you will be asked to do or decide to try out there on your journey!”

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