Trained as a classical pianist before turning full-time to jazz studies, Paul Buono has toured nationally and internationally with a variety of artists and ensembles. As a member of Javier Colon's band (Season 1 winner of NBC's "The Voice") he toured with Maroon 5 in promotion of their "OverExposed" World Tour throughout North, Central, and South America. He has worked as a musical director for Princess and Cunard Cruise Lines, traveling to Tahiti, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Mr. Buono has also performed as musical director for regional theaters and churches throughout the Northeast and is a sought-after keyboardist for various recordings. He is presently endorsed by Nord Keyboards.
After attaining his music degrees Mr. Buono received his law degree, with a focus in intellectual property. He has clerked for the Honorable Carol Erskine in Worcester Juvenile Court and later worked in the legal department of a media company helping to manage internationally recognized intellectual properties (such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"). Mr. Buono has assisted in legal matters with the Jazz History Database, a living jazz museum created by WPI's Prof. Rich Falco. After an extensive screening and application process he was offered and turned down employment as a special agent with the FBI.
A passionate teacher and lover of music, Mr. Buono has taught the Orchestration & Arranging and Jazz Theory courses at WPI. He also offers private instruction, focusing on classical and jazz repertoire, theory and harmony, and improvisation, and has worked as a clinician with various student ensembles at WPI. Mr. Buono has composed and arranged for various college-level and professional ensembles and also has an extensive online presence as a music educator.