James Cassara is a graduate of Adelphi University (B.A. Music), Queens College (M.S. Music Education) and Long Island University (Professional Diploma in School Administration), and an adjunct professor of music education at the C.W. Post campus.
He has taught public school music programs from elementary band through high school band and music theory. Cassara served as Director of Fine Arts and Music Education in the Connetquot Central School District of Islip and as Director of Music for the Northport-East Northport UFSD. Under his supervision, the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District was named one of the Top 100 Communities for Music, a Grammy Signature High School Music Program, and the New York State School Music Association Presidential Citation for Excellence.
Cassara is a past president of the Suffolk County Music Educators' Association, the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and is the immediate past president of the New York State School Music Association. He maintains a busy professional schedule as a woodwind performer and solo alto saxophonist with the Atlantic Wind Symphony and the American Concert Band.