Longtime local music teacher and violinist Anthony “Tony” Milograno has died at age 91.
Milograno, who was born in Utica in 1926, began his teaching career in New Berlin and then went on to be the music supervisor for the Clinton Central School District for 32 years, according to his obituary.
He was a classically trained violinist whose musical career included conducting the Mantovani Orchestra, conducting Utica’s Civic Band, serving as concert master for the Utica Symphony Orchestra, conducting a youth orchestra in the Chautauqua, and performing as first violinist in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, among many other accomplishments.
Milograno was also a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country from 1945-1949 during World War II. He then worked as a secretary at the Pentagon, followed by service in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955 as a 2nd Lieutenant. From 1951-1953, he also served as assistant chief of the Information and Education Division, and chief of the Personal Affairs Branch, Personnel Services Division, at an Air Force base in Nassau County. Milograno was honorably discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1955.
Milograno was married to his wife Helen for nearly 59 years before she passed away in 2010. His studies included classes at the Utica School of Commerce, a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Violin from Syracuse University, and a New York State Certification as a Music Teacher.
In addition to his love for music, Milograno was a local fan of Syracuse University basketball until the end, and he rarely missed a game on TV.
A memorial gathering will be held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the Eannace Funeral Home, located at 932 South St., Utica.