Mr. Gittelman graduated from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in May 2010 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a Jazz Component. He played with various ensembles at Temple, including the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Mr. Gittelman earned his Masters in Music Education from the University of the Arts in 2016 and is currently working on his PhD in Music Education from Temple University.

Mr. Gittelman has been teaching at Haverford Middle School in Havertown, PA since 2011. He teaches 6th and 7th Grade General Music, the HMS Jazz Ensemble, and the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Bands, the award-winning Haverford Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the HMS Woodwind Ensemble, the HMS Brass Ensemble (founded in 2013) and the HMS Percussion Ensemble (founded in 2015). He is also the assistant director of the HHS Competition Marching Band and Football Marching Band.

Mr. Gittelman is a member of many premier ensembles in the Philadelphia area, including the Blackbird Society Orchestra and the salsa band Latin Express. He has performed with various artists, including Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, Joe Wilder, Carla Cook, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, and Jimmy Heath. His private teachers have included Matt Gallagher, Eric Schweingruber, and Terell Stafford. Mr. Gittelman is a member of ITG, NAfME, and PMEA as well as a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. When not teaching or performing, Mr. Gittelman enjoys spending time with his wife Kim Blanchette, cooking, playing Dungeons and Dragons, 3D printing, or taking care of his ten cats.


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