A former CCSM Board Member and musician, Ralph Comito began his music career in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship, graduating in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in music. Following six years of service in the US Army, he moved with his family to Upland, California and began his career as a music educator and coordinator of music in the Upland Unified School District. He earned an MA in education from Azusa Pacific University in 1976 and an administrative credential in 1976. During his 33 years in music education, Mr. Comito taught music from kindergarten through the college level and adult education. He was also a retired army reserve bandmaster, composer and arranger and performed professionally with a number of jazz groups.