Co-Founder of the Macon Pops and Grammy Nominated Percussionist
Steve and Amy Moretti have made extraordinary strides to advance music education and Macon culture for over 15 years, through COVID-19 fluctuations as well as providing students and the community with new opportunities.
Steve is an award-winning drummer/percussionist and co-founder of Macon Pops along with world renowned pops conductor, performer and Grammy award winning arranger Matt Catingub – this innovative series brings modern cultured popular music from around the globe to middle Georgia.
Early Life and Education
Steve Moretti hails from London, Ontario in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Carleton University as well as an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management – in addition to holding an LLB from Suffolk University Law School.
Steve Moretti has earned two Grammy Award nominations as a drummer/percussionist. His impressive resume includes performances on over 30 nationally released recordings by artists such as Michael McDonald, Kandi Burruss, Rosemary Clooney and the Pointer Sisters – not forgetting Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lionel Hampton Arturo Sandoval & Michael Brecker.
He currently serves on the Creative Team for Atlanta-based music licensing company Placement Music and has had his work featured on Super Bowl XLVI (Declaration Anthem and Heart of Independence), Fox Sports, NASCAR and Mean Girls 2. Steve has performed with orchestras across Buffalo, Detroit, Long Beach Nashville Milwaukee Columbus Hyogo Kobe Japan; co-founding President & CEO of Macon Pops together with conductor/performer/arranger Matt Catingub; also co-creator of Macon Pops!
Steve Moretti is well known as co-founding of the Macon Pops Orchestra as well as being nominated twice for a Grammy award as drummer/percussionist and recording artist, appearing on over 30 nationally released recordings.
Matt Catingub and Rosemary Clooney, with whom he recorded two Grammy nominated CDs titled Sentimental Journey and The Last Concert on Concord Records.
Morettiman Music, under his direction, has produced CD recordings by Hip-Hop artist Floco Torres and soprano Leah Partridge from Morettiman Records as well as chamber orchestra CityMusic Cleveland with cellist Matt Haimovitz as cellist Matt Haimovitz from CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Morettiman is music producer/arranger for television show A Little More Soul.
Mia Moretti and other students in Cranston West’s child development program were able to connect with Steven over Skype. They participated in an art project where they created a multi-step ceramic heart for his platoon which will be sent off when he deploys again.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Moretti has earned two Grammy Award nominations and two Telly Awards; his work can be heard on over 30 national released recordings. He first made his movie debut performing live for Clint Eastwood’s film Jersey Boys (2014); recent/upcoming performances include concerts with Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver Dayton Edmonton Florida Long Beach Nashville Omaha Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra Kobe Japan as well as chamber ensembles.
Macon Pops, founded and directed by Moretti, brings innovative, high energy music from around the world directly into middle Georgia. Amy Schwartz Moretti serves as faculty for Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings; their work can also be heard on numerous television programs and films like Super Bowl XLV, Fox Sports NASCAR Mean Girls 2 Drop Dead Diva.
Steve Moretti has over 17 years of experience as a drummer/percussionist, having won two Grammy nominations as well as performing with vocal and instrumental artists including Michael McDonald, Toni Tennille, Rosemary Clooney, Dee Dee Bridgewater Arturo Sandoval Lionel Hampton Louie Bellson.
Matt Catingub and Michael are also co-founders and Presidents of Macon Pops Orchestra in their hometown of Macon. This groundbreaking pops orchestra performs modern culturald popular music to engage a broader audience throughout middle Georgia.
He and Amy reside in Macon with their four children. Recently they ventured out for an amazing chamber music festival/vacation experience on Amelia Island in Florida for the first time since COVID restrictions had eased. It was truly wonderful experience for them all!
Tom Berenger has won multiple awards for his roles in various movies and has amassed an immense fortune from his career. Additionally, he is three-time married with six children under his care.
He also played Police Officer Tim Siegel on One Life to Live and US Marine Corps Sniper Blake Sikes in Sniper and its six direct-to-video sequels. Additionally, he appeared as Jack Landsford in Sliver as well as Don Santry from Cheers television series in two episodes.
Moretti is a drummer for New York band Machinegum and works on art projects. Additionally, he founded Little Joy Art Collective and his work has been displayed internationally in galleries.