2018 Parade Grand Marshal Vincent Macrina and his family emigrated to America in 1958 at age
10 from the small town of Gasperina in the Calabria Region of Southern Italy. He graduated
from Brockton High in 1966 and went on to graduate from the Boston Conservatory of Music
with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music education.
After completing his student teaching in 1971 he joined the Brockton Public Schools music staff
as an elementary instrumental teacher and in 1982 he was named the Band Director at Brockton
High School, and later the district’s Director of Music.
In that role, Mr. Macrina oversees performing groups including Advanced Concert Band,
Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, which have all consistently won silver and
gold medals in local, state and international competitions.
Performances by the Brockton Public Schools Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band and Wind
Ensemble include the Massachusetts All-State Music Conferences, Stars at Symphony Hall
presented by MICCA, the International Kiwanis Convention, the Montreux Jazz Festival,
Switzerland; invitation and European Tours with the Jazz Tours of America; the International
Jazz Convention, Boston, MA; Governor Deval Patrick’s Inauguration and appearances with
Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Dick Johnson, Count Basie, Chris Vadala, Gary Burton and
Mike Vax.
Mr. Macrina has served as adjudicator and trumpet clinician throughout the state. He has
performed with the South Shore Concert Band, the Cosmo Legion Band and the South Shore
Music Circus. He currently is a member of the United Brass Quintet, the Roy Scott Big Band,
principal trumpet and assistant conductor with the Sharon Community Band, and a free-lance
performer throughout the state. He has served as orchestra conductor for the Brockton
Community Theater, Brockton High School Musical Productions, Cardinal Spellman High
School, Bridgewater State University and as guest conductor for the Lions All-State Jazz Band;
the All Cape Concert Band, Southeastern District Junior High Concert Band, and the Brockton
Symphony Holiday Pops Concerts.
Mr. Macrina was chosen to present a special Tribute Concert honoring Kenneth Feinberg,
Special Master of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund with Hillary Rodman Clinton as guest
speaker. In 2007, he was selected by the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors
Association to receive the Paul Smith Hall of Fame Award. Also, in 2006, he was presented with
the Historic Citizen Hall of Fame Award by the Brockton Historical Society. Last year, he
played a role in commissioning the stunning musical composition “Brockton” by acclaimed
composer Randy Klein, which debuted with Brockton music students in the Advanced Concert
Band.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Macrina has been recognized for his exceptional work with students as
an inspirational teacher by the Brockton School Committee, National Honor Society, the Crescent
Credit Union, former Governor Dukakis,
the Massachusetts Senate and House of
Representatives, the BHS Band Boosters Association, the Rotary Club, Cardinal Spellman High
School, Kiwanis Club, the Circolo Cultural Viva Calabrese Club, the City of Brockton’s Special
Day Proclamation by the Mayor, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He has received
an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts Education, Emerson
College, the Massachusetts Music Educators Lowell Mason Award and from the National
Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and an Excellence in School Administration Award from
Art/Learning Association.
In 1996, Mr. Macrina was honored by the Brockton Rotary Club with the Paul Harris Fellow
Award, the highest award given internationally by the Rotary Club. Mr. Macrina and the
Brockton Public Schools Music Program were featured in the 2006 May issue of the School
Band and Orchestra magazine. He most recently received the Superintendent of Schools’ Red
Apple Award for excellence in teaching in Spring 2018.