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Stony Point’s Ricky Romano named new music director at Thiells UMC

Twenty-two-year-old Ricky Romano, born and raised in Stony Point and a graduate of North Rockland High School and SUNY Potsdam College, has been appointed music director at the Thiells United Methodist Church and will assume his duties next month according to Reverend Jessica Campbell, pastor.

Romano will direct the church choir and perform as musical accompanist on organ and piano. Romano, in addition to leading his band Flat Five, made up of North Rockland High School alumni Sean Mcilhargy, Chris Mizzi, Matt Mone and Andy Romano, is currently a finance intern at Frankel Green Theatrical Management in New York City and musical director of Little Radical Theatre’s premier of “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Romano’s band, Flat Five is currently competing in the Hard Rock Rising competition to open for Bruce Springsteen in London. Having won the qualifying round, Flat Five moves on to the final round March 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Romano said he has musical directed 14 productions including “Hair,” “Rent,” “Into The Woods,” “Seussical” and “42nd Street.”

He was very active in North Rockland High School’s musicals and at SUNY Potsdam College.