Tony Giaimo Memorial Scholarship in Clarinet Studies
The Tony Giaimo Memorial Scholarship in Clarinet Studies was established by Tony’s nephew, William Liotta, Professor of Theatre, Head of Design, Lighting and Sound Design at UNM.
Tony Giaimo was a singer, saxophonist, and a top-tier clarinetist. He sang for Frank Sinatra on many occasions, and sang with Dean Martin. He met star after star including Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Durante, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Joan Rivers and Frankie Valli to name just a few. He met numerous Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and foreign dignitaries such as Mikhail Gorbachev over the course of his long career. He was on a first name basis with Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
Tony was in many television shows including: Dynasty, Who’s The Boss, and several others. He also appeared in several movies including: “All I Want for Christmas,” and “Bird” – directed by Clint Eastwood.