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Three FRHSD Schools Join Others in Virtual Performance

Manalapan High School's band performs during the virtual concertOn March 28, 2023, the bands at Manalapan, Freehold, and Howell High Schools joined those in Long Branch High School, Ocean Township High School and
Crisfield High School & Academy in Maryland for a virtual band concert.
Each band performed a short program of prepared repertoire. This exchange allows students the chance to experience another school's approach to similar material and affords our students a chance to reflect on how they can grow as musicians. All groups will also complete a self and peer assessment of the music performed. This unique opportunity allows students to use technology as a tool for their musical development and to see and feel firsthand that they are part of a community extending far beyond their school.
This year the group was extremely fortunate to have Dr. Andrew Yozviak, Director of Bands at West Chester University, as a guest collaborator. Dr. Yozviak's primary responsibilities at WCU include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to this appointment at WCU, Dr. Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught for thirteen years in Pennsylvania public schools.
Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.
Video of the performances can be seen on the district's social media accounts.