George Mason University
Dr. Chris Troiano currently serves as the Historical Ensembles Program Manager for the Green Machine Ensembles at George Mason University. Having earned degrees from both the University of North Texas and George Mason University, Chris is a strong advocate for incorporating band and instrument history into collegiate curricula. In addition to euphonium, Chris also performs regularly on vintage baritones/euphoniums, as well as on the ophicleide and the serpent. As a bandleader, Chris directs the 8th Green Machine Regiment Band, an early American brass band formed in 2017 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Other historical bands Chris has performed with include the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band, Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band, the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Band, Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band, and the Yankee Brass Band.
In addition to his work in historical band performance, Chris has performed contemporary solo works with the Huntington Community Band, George Mason University Symphonic Band, George Mason University Wind Symphony, Capital Wind Symphony, Park View High School, Centreville High School, and Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden German. Chris is a regular member of the 8th Green Machine Regiment Band, Capital Wind Symphony, and Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden. Chris has also performed with the United States Military Academy at West Point Band, the United States Air Force Band, and the United States Army Band “The Pershing’s Own”.
The 8th Green Machine Regiment Band was formed by Dr. Chris Troiano and Dr. Michael Nickens in the fall of 2017 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The regiment band was the eighth ensemble formed as part of the Green Machine Ensembles–George Mason University’s athletic band program directed by Dr. Nickens aka Doc Nix. The 8th GM Regiment Band is open to all Mason students, alumni, and community members and allows performers to develop their musical skills in a hybrid chamber ensemble/large ensemble environment. The band performs 19th-century music on period instruments and wears green military-inspired uniforms designed to reflect our affiliation with George Mason University.