Mariano Pacetti was a beloved music educator for decades, and a June 2 concert in his memory will continue his legacy by supporting fine arts education in Coweta County.
Pacetti was a founding member of the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, which will be featured in concert at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. As a special tribute, the CJO will premiere a piece of music that has been commissioned to honor Pacetti.
The event also will feature a performance by the inaugural Coweta County Honor Jazz Band led by Mark Hoskins, director of bands at Wheeler High School and a driving force in jazz education in Georgia.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Coweta Legacy Educators Fund, an organization established to recognize and honor educators in the arts who have made a significant impact on and contribution to arts education in Coweta County schools.
Pacetti is CLEF’s first-ever honoree.
One or more educators will be selected each year for the honor, and an event will be created to celebrate each honoree. Proceeds from the events, along with any donations made in recognition of the honorees, will go into the "CLEF Fund" administered by the Patrons of the Centre.
The Patrons of the Centre is a nonprofit group organized to support the Nixon Centre.
Pacetti served as a music educator in Coweta County schools for nine years. He continued to serve the music education community in Coweta for decades afterwards through his employment with music vendors that provided instrument repair and other services in the area.
He also served as a private lesson instructor to hundreds of students and served as a clinician, judge, consultant and guest performer on numerous occasions with bands ranging from beginner students to the most advanced high school ensembles.
Pacetti was widely known as a “Pied Piper” in the recruiting world, helping middle school band directors encourage hundreds of students to join the band. He was a band parent himself while his daughter, Christina – who has gone on to a career in music performance with one the U.S. Army Bands – attended Madras Middle School and Northgate High School.
“Mariano's dynamic personality, incredible musicianship and huge love of people made his impact both massive and long lasting throughout the Coweta County music community,” organizers wrote in a press release announcing the honor. “It is with great pride we honor him as the first of our ‘Coweta Legacy Educators.’”
Funds raised by CLEF events will be used to provide equipment to be utilized by students at the Nixon Centre and may also provide other enrichment activities or materials in any part of the fine or performing arts that will benefit the student population in Coweta County Schools.
“We hope you will join us for an evening of jazz and a chance to remember and honor an educator, an artist, a colleague and a friend,” said event organizer Alan Armstrong, director of bands at Northgate High School.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here . The Nixon Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.