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Peter DeSienaMr. De Siena holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and also holds a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California.

While attending the UNT, he was the lead trumpet in the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band during the years 1999–2001. Upon graduating from USC, Mr. D. became an in-demand trumpet player in the Los Angeles music scene for both recording and live performances. His trumpet playing can be heard on many albums, some of which include Michael Buble's “Christmas,” Muse “Supremacy,” Natalie Cole's “Still Unforgettable.” He has recorded music for Disney theme parks, Universal Theme parks, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, and Crystal Cruise lines.

Mr. D. has also recorded music for television and motion pictures. He worked extensively on the Sci-Fi network show Eureka. He performed regularly on the live musical reality television shows The Voice, American Idol, and The X-Factor. Also, he has worked on many motion picture soundtracks, some of these include Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age 4, and Rush Hour 3.

Outside of studios, Mr. D. played the split lead trumpet chair for legendary composers Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, and the late Bob Florence. He also played lead trumpet for many of Los Angeles’ prestigious big bands such as Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Mike Barone Big Band, Bill Watrous’ Refugee West and others.

He has toured the world for artists Engelbert Humperdinck, Paul Anka, and John Tesh. Mr. D. has performed live with artists such as Frankie Valli, Brian Setzer, Luis Miguel, Frank Sinatra Jr., Keely Smith, Lou Rawls, Barry Manilow, Wayne Newton, and many others.

In 2014, Mr. D., his wife, and 3 children relocated back to New Jersey. He quickly made his name known on the Broadway circuit becoming a regular substitute on musicals such as Aladdin, Miss Saigon, War Paint, and others.

It is with great privilege that Mr. D. has the opportunity to share and bring his passion for music and his experiences to Immaculata. He looks forward to inspiring and training our future musicians.


Mike GaskoMr. Gasko ’06 is proud to be in his 11th year teaching music at Immaculata as both the Department Director and Director of Vocal Music. Mr. Gasko directs the Spartan Choir, A Capella Choir, Chamber Choir, Music Ministry, and also serves as the vocal director and production manager for the Spring Musical.

Mr. Gasko earned his Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey and his Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Rutgers University. As a performer, he currently sings professionally at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville as a soloist and small ensemble chorister.

Throughout his career as a music teacher at IHS, Mr. Gasko has led the choirs to many prestigious performances including singing yearly for the Bishop, performing at Disney World, and competing in the ACDA Choral Festival (in which his Chamber choir has received ratings of Superior and Outstanding). Mr. Gasko has a passion for vocal music. He is blessed to be able to share his love of singing with his students while also using vocal music to teach the Gospel values that he learned when he was a student at IHS. Mr. Gasko attributes his success at IHS to his wife and family, as well as Sister Dolores Margaret and Mr. Ed Webber who taught him how to continue the Tradition of Excellence that they built over their many years as his teacher and colleague.