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Pitt Chat

Tony Roscoe

Tony Roscoe

A conversation with Tony Roscoe (SHRS ’99, LAW ’06), a computer software application architect at Highmark in Pittsburgh. A former trumpet player with the Pitt Varsity Marching Band, he remains active with the Band Alumni Council, which he led as president from 2001

to 2006. He also is a Judo athlete with a second-degree black belt who has placed in state and national competitions. During the academic year, he helps to teach a judo class in Trees Hall.

A song that always reminds me of Pitt is . . . “Call Me,” by Blondie. We used to play it in the band and it became a fan favorite.

Pictures of me from those days . . . show me much thinner. And I had horrible glasses. But I was always smiling.

My favorite class at Pitt was . . . Archaeology of Death. It went through the rituals of various peoples and cultures around the world. It was just fascinating.

I still have . . . my original Pitt band uniform, which was sized and fit exactly to me. It wasn’t that attractive, but it had real sentimental value. And I still have the braids that I earned.

My car radio is usually tuned to . . . an ’80s station. It was what my older brothers listened to, and I grew up listening to it.

A favorite book that I read at Pitt was . . . The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was the best.

If I’m eating ice cream . . . it’s chocolate, unless I’m in Oakland, and then it’s Dave and Andy’s cookies and cream.

The joy of my career is . . . that it’s really challenging and I feel as though I’m making a difference.

Interview by Dan Majors