Below is a quick listing of Dr. Neves' relevant background, major experiences, and recognitions he has received over the years. 

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2017 Massachusetts Music Educators Visionary Leadership Award
2004 American Star of Teaching --- US Dept of Education Award
2002 Rhode Island State Teacher of the Year
1989 & 2001 Scituate Teacher of the Year
1991 Milken Educator

Leadership Experience

NAfME (MENC) National Executive Board 2006 - 2011
Rhode Island/Massachusetts State Leadership Roles from 1984 - Present
School District Fine Arts Administrator 1979 - 2017

Teaching/Clinician/Conducting Experience

DDirector of Youth Wind Ensembles - Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School - 2013 to Present
Regional Guest Conductor/Select Ensemble Director 1989 - Present
Music Education Conference Clinician/Adjudicator 1995 - Present
Private Saxophone/Clarinet Instructor 1980 - Present

Award-winning HS Band/Jazz Ensemble Director 1977 - 2005

Professional Musician

Jazz/Classical Saxophonist/Woodwinds Freelance Performer -- 1970 - Present
Principle Saxophone, American Band 1980 - 2003


Johnson & Wales University    Doctorate in Educational Leadership 2006
Johnson & Wales University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study – Educational Leadership   2005
Rhode Island College Post-Graduate Studies in Administration and Supervision, 1981 - 1984
Rhode Island College Master of Arts in Teaching (Saxophone Performance), August 1981
Berklee College of Music Bachelor of Music Education, May 1976
Certification/Licensure  Rhode Island K-12 Music Teacher (Life); Rhode Island Music Supervisor, K-12 (Life)
Massachusetts Fine Arts Director License