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Conducting Experience:

SOUTH JERSEY AREA WIND ENSEMBLE Since 1997


Professional conducting post
Conductor,
 Music Director, Board of Directors
Nationally recognized community band, founding conductor 1997
Annual Guest Conductor collaboration / 15 Commissions for wind band
Three NJMEA State Music Education Conference performances
Association of Concert Bands National Convention performance 2014 in Allentown, PA.
Musica per la Vita Inter. Conference session & performance - Temple University Philadelphia, PA 2015
Sousa Band Festival at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 2017

Daily Conducting / Teaching Positions: (26 years conducting high school level concert bands)
MAINLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Linwood, NJ (1995-2016)
(NJ State Gala Wind Ensemble/ Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, Marching Band 1995-2006,
Pit Orchestra for over 30 school musicals and Numerous Chamber Ensembles)

Annual European Summer Music Tours: (Performing for European audiences in 5 countries)
AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD - Gold Tour Since 1998
Head Director: 2009-present
Symphonic Band Director - 2000-present
Jazz Band Director - 1998, 1999

Guest Conducting Appearances:


Alabama Honor Band; Allegany Couny, (MD) Honor Band; Alaska Southeast Region; New York Area All-State (Zone 10);
Laurel Music Camp (CT); CMEA Eastern, Western and Northern Region Honor Bands (CT); All-South Jersey Region III
Symphonic Band; Rutgers University Concert Band (semester adjunct); Dauphin County Honor Band (PA); Rowan
University Concert Band; Western Burlington County, (NJ) Honor Band; Bucks County, (PA) Honor Band; Brandywine Area
(PA) Middle School Honor Band; Atlantic Brass Band (NJ); Pennsbury Elem. & MS Honor Bands (PA).

Educational Philosophy:
I always try to create a memorable educational experience for all of my students when they walk into my classroom. It was my
experience with the National Board Certification process that motivated and redirected my teaching to teach each and every individual
student in my class. Although there are many different learning styles within a group of students, I believe that students learn, remember and
have more enjoyable educational experiences when they have hands on opportunities to learn. That is one of the reasons I feel very strong
about music education.

One of the most important things for an educator to do is to keep educating themselves! One of my favorite quotes is by a Zen
Master… “Teachers, continue to polish your lanterns, so that others may follow its light.” Professional development is essential for staying
current in your field, learning new and different teaching methods, rejuvenating your educational focus and beliefs in children, and to keep
your teaching fresh and motivating for your students. The mentoring experience should not end with the first year in the job. I believe strongly
in having multiple mentors that you look to for guidance, answers, inspiration and modeling. These mentors can be right in your workplace or
a phone call away. For me, my mentors range from accomplished teachers, college professors, business leaders, successful administrators,
and inspiring leaders in many fields outside of education as well.

Change is the central theme to my educational philosophy. Teachers should especially seek to improve their ways, learn from others,
develop new methods and in turn present a better product to their students. Change can be a positive experience and strengthening factor if
implemented properly. It is important to understand the culture of an organization, to develop a sense of urgency, create a coalition of support,
develop a vision, articulate and share that vision clearly with all the participants involved, to empower people, create short-term wins and
celebrate and bank those successes, then reflect and plan for new change to take place.

Being an educational leader is one of the most important jobs in the world. I believe in ensuring that every student, teacher,
parent, and community member that I encounter is treated fairly and is respected as I share with them my passion for teaching, inspire them
to become more involved in the educational community or in leading and motivating the forces that change and produce an excellent learning
environment for all students. Being a teacher and leader who engages in reflective practice is going to be the single most important key to
help in creating the urgency for change that is needed to guarantee even more successful teaching.

Honors & Awards:


2017 Elected as NAfME Eastern Div. President 2013 Grammy Nominated Educator 2005 NJ State Championship
National Association for Music Education Music Educator Grammy Award Quarter Finalist 2006 Mainland Reg. HS Marching Band
USSBA Group IIA
2009 Elected as NJMEA State President
2016 New Jersey Music Educators Assoc.
New Jersey Music Educator’s Association 2003 National Board Certification
“Distinguished Service Award” NJ State Department Citation
2007 Presenter at MidWest Clinic Chicago, Ill. NJ Business Coalition Citation
2016 CONN-SELMER VIP Invitation International Band Conference
2007 - National Board Certificate in Music 1998- NJ State Gala Honor Band
2016 American Band Director’s Association 2015 Mainland Reg. HS Wind Ensemble
Nominated by NJ Member Carl C. Wilhjelm 2006 Sudler Silver Scroll Award (Seventeen times selected)
John Philip Sousa Foundation
2014 NJ Governors Award in the Arts South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble 1988 DCA World Champions (3 times)
for Leadership in Music Education “Recognizing Outstanding Community 1989 The Bushwackers Drum & Bugle
New Jersey Music Educators Association Bands in North America” 1990 Corps

1987-2016: Numerous Excellent and Superior music awards with performing ensembles and domestic and international travel experience.