Name:Erik LynchPositionDirector of Bands, Verona High SchoolCoordinator of Music Theory ProgramGrade/Subject:Marching Band/Concert Band/Chamber EnsemblesMusic Theory (I, AP, & Capstone)Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.orgSupervisor:Mr. Tom Lancaster, email@example.comPlease visit our department website at:Erik Lynch is in his 19th year as Director of Bands at Verona High School, where he leads the Marching Band, Concert Band, Chamber Ensembles, and a three tract Music Theory program. Before coming to Verona, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Immaculata High School in Somerville, NJ.A proud graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Mr. Lynch completed his undergraduate studies in Music Education with a percussion emphasis, studying with William Moersch and She-e Wu, and was a four-year member of the Rutgers Wind Ensemble as a Naumburg Scholarship Recipient. During these years, he attended the Eastern Music Festival twice, studying timpani with John Feddersen, and in his senior year was one of six timpanists selected to participate in the Vic Firth Timpani Seminar at the Tanglewood Music Center under Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Lynch has also played timpani on the Gramercy Brass Orchestra's of New York recording of "Brubeck in Brass. Additionally, Mr. Lynch completed his Masters of Music Education and Supervisor's Certificate, also at Rutgers.
Mr. Lynch was a finalist for the College of New Jersey’s Outstanding Educator’s Program in 2006, as well as a finalist for Yale University’s Distinguished Music Educator’s Program in 2011. Additionally, he was nominated for the Grammy Outstanding Music Educator Award in both 2013, 2014, 2017, and advanced to the quarterfinal round in 2014 and 2017. Consequently, Mr. Lynch is a Legacy Candidate for the Grammy award. He formerly served as the chair of the Essex County Honor Band and NJSMA Marching Band, & currently serves as co-president of the New Jersey Marching Band Director's Association.
The VHS Marching Maroon and White has a proud tradition of performing the iconic repertoire of the symphonic, orchestral, and operatic canon on the field. The band won the State Championship in 2003, All State Championships in 2004 and 2006, and Two Cadets Awards of Excellence in 2012, while finishing second National in Championships. The VHS Concert Band was the first school group to play the iconic “Wednesday’s at Noon Concert Series” at the Cathedral Basilica and was hailed by the staff as the “highlight of the series”, in addition to an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall in March of 2013 as part of the Eastern Wind Symphony Symphonic Gala. Last April, the Verona Concert Band returned to the Cathedral Basilica where they premiered David Gillingham's Organic Matters for solo organ and band with famed organist Vincent Carr. The concert band premiered Mr. Bruce Yurko's "Anorev Fanfare" on May 18th, 2017.
The Verona High School music theory program has recently been featured in Oxford Uniervsity Press' Teaching Music Theory: New Voices, written by Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass of Appalachian State University!