Making Their Mark: Michael Stefano

These under-40 influencers are making their mark. Meet Michael Stefano, the multi-tasker.


Michael Stafano, Age 37

Music Teacher/Council Member/Bartender

Michael Stefano is one of those many people who moved to the borough to attend West Chester University and never left. When he graduated with a music performance degree in 2004, he stayed put, and presently lives on South Franklin Streetwith his wife Alex, son Luca, and dog Zoe.

If you think you’re busy, check out Michael’s schedule: His “real job” is as middle-school teacher at Tredyffrin-East-town Middle School where he teaches band, orchestra, general music, and jazz band. He’s also a musician, playing saxophone with his band, Dub C Swing. Micheal is also a member of borough council. Elected to finish out his predecessor’s term, he will be on the ballot in November to start a full four-year term.

As a teacher, Michael’s taken an active role in his local association, and while he leads many budding musicians in instrumental ensembles at his school, he’s particularly proud of having started ensembles at other schools.

As a council member, he chairs the Administration, Communication, and Technology Committee and is a member of the Public Safety & Quality of Life, and Finance Committees. One of his goals on council is to improve relations between the WCU student body and WC residents. He credits his two years on council with teaching him more about the borough than living here for nearly here 20 years did.

Oh, and if you can’t find him with his family, at school, at a gig, or in Borough Hall, you can find him at Sidebar, where he also tends bar.

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