Music Business Students to Hear from Founder of Metal Band, Manowar

Joey DeMaio
Joey DeMaio will speak about his musical and business experiences.

SUNY Fredonia’s music business department will welcome Joey DeMaio, founding member, bassist of the internationally renowned rock and heavy metal band Manowar, to campus on Feb. 22, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. in McEwen G-24.

DeMaio, who is also a composer, lyricist engineer and producer, will speak about his musical and business experiences.The event is free and open to the public.

Having founded Manowar in 1980, Dr. DeMaio has produced 13 albums, eight DVD packages and numerous singles which have each sold millions worldwide. The band has earned gold and platinum awards and completed more than 30 tours all over the world.

DeMaio holds a Ph.D in Musical Art. He has been the musical director and bass guitarist for national touring productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Hair,” “Godspell,” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He has produced recordings with world-renowned actors such as Sir Christopher Lee, and the late Susannah York and Orson Welles. He produced and recorded several full orchestras and pipe organ recordings and appeared as a special guest conductor with the Cologne Youth Symphony Orchestra in Germany.

He founded a record label in 1999, called Magic Circle Music, which belongs to several metal bands. The label has since taken on a film company and an annual musical festival in Europe called Magic Circle Festival, which has attracted more than 46,000 people in just three years.

“DeMaio is an engineer, composer, producer, musician and business man,” says Armand Petri, a visiting instructor within SUNY Fredonia’s business department. “Many people know him for his music but don’t understand what it took not only to be the musician he has become, but also the international, successful business person he is today. I know those who come see him will be inspired and will have a real excitement listening to a man like Joey.”

For more information, contact Mr. Petri at (716) 673-4605 or

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