Founder and Educational Leader Anthony J. Buzzella is a native
Floridian, born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he excelled in both academics and the arts. He spent the summers of his high school
years working as a counselor at the University of Miami while attending UM
Summer Music Camp.
He developed Florida’s
original Sunland Training Center All-Mentally Challenged Concert Band as a community service project while
attending Hialeah High School. He was a member
of the Miami Youth Symphony, All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus under
Miami-Dade music supervisor Howard Doolin. Buzzella has been a professional
musician and entertainer since the age of sixteen.
Through the years, he has shared the performance stage with
several legendary musicians and entertainers including: Pete Fountain, Eddie
Miller, Grandpa Jones, Alfonso Levy, Harry Wuest, Ben Champion, Gary Langford, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Clower, Chubby Wise and many others.
His educational background
includes a Bachelor Degree in Music Education with a minor in Psychology and
Master of Educational Leadership Degree.
Buzzella’s educational and
business experiences include having taught music on the elementary, middle,
high school and college levels; serving as a Community College vocational
education counselor for disadvantaged students, test administrator for Lake
City Community College’s General Education Degree (GED) program; acting County
Coordinator for Adult Education; administrator of a middle-high school
alternative school for at-risk students; educational grants writer; founder of Mister
Mac Behavioral Consultants, Inc. a 501-C-3 non-profit and MADDFEST (Music Art
Drama Dance) Spring Arts Festival.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts
is the direct result of Buzzella’s life-long passion to provide motivational
instructional services targeting educational reform for marginal adolescent
children and artistically talented youth.
The original concept was inspired by Buzzella’s mentor and long-time
friend, the late Dr. Alfonso W. Levy.