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Matthew J. Paterno

Music Director

Mr. Paterno’s conducting style and musical interpretations have been described as “energetic, passionate and uplifting.”  He graduated from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1989.  While there, he studied conducting with Scott Whitener and euphonium with Harold Janks of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Upon graduation, he served as the High School Band Director and fourth grade instrumental music teacher in the Keansburg public schools.

 For the past 28 years, Mr. Paterno has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Wayne Hills High School. The bands under his baton have consistently received excellent and superior ratings in contests and festivals and have the distinction of performing in Avery Fisher Hall in New York.  He has taught at the Mt. Tabor Summer Band School and is a private instructor, brass clinician and adjudicator throughout the area. Mr. Paterno is an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson University, where he teaches low brass methods, applied euphonium and coaches the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.

Mr. Paterno served as the associate conductor and principal euphonium of the Hanover Wind Symphony from 1998-2008 at which time he was appointed the Musical Director.  He has served the North Jersey Area Band Association as President, Vice-President, Stage Manager and Audition Host.  He has also served as the North Jersey Region I Band Audition Chairman and Sectional Assistant.

Throughout his career, Mr. Paterno has conducted several honors bands, including the North Jersey Area Symphonic Band, The New Jersey Region I Junior High Jazz Band, The Bloomfield Youth Band, The Future Musicians Inc. All State Band and Millennium All State Band, the Partesi Music Diocesan Band and the William Paterson Summer Concert Band.  He has served as the Assistant Band Director for both the Morris County College Brass Band and the William Paterson University Concert Band. 

Mr. Paterno is a recipient of the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award for Wayne Township, the Eastern Marching Band Association’s Director of the Year award and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  He resides in Parsippany with his wife Christine, a saxophonist in the Hanover Wind Symphony, son Anthony, and daughter Allison.

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Kurt Zimmermann

Associate Music Director

A graduate of William Paterson College, Kurt has a Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education. Kurt works in the Hopatcong Borough Schools in Sussex County where he teaches band in both the high school and middle school.  He also directs the marching band, pep band, holiday ensemble (a group of instrumentalist carolers who perform throughout Sussex County), a chamber choir and the pit orchestra in the high school.  In addition to his responsibilities in the music program, Kurt is a STEAM (Science, Technology, engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Program Facilitator in the School District, and serves as the director of the new STEAM Academy Program in the High School. Kurt is currently studying school administration at the University of Scranton.

Kurt began working with students at Morris Hills High School in 1986 as a marching technician and became the music technician in 1989.  He was promoted to the Assistant Marching Band Director and held that position from 1990-2009. During this time, the band received numerous best music awards, won the USSBA NJ State Championship twice, and the Northeast All State Championships four times - twice undefeated!

From 1991 – 2013 Kurt was the director of bands in Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township, then at the Westwood Regional Middle School in Westwood, New Jersey.  During that time, Kurt taught band, strings, general music and chorus. His instrumental ensembles consistently received superior ratings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania state festivals. From 2001–2010 he served as the District Chairperson for the Fine and Performing Arts Department in the Rockaway Township Public Schools.

In addition to musical productions at Hopatcong High School, Kurt has also served as the pit orchestra conductor for musical theatre productions at Copeland Middle School, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Wayne Hills and Mountain Lakes High Schools.

Kurt is listed in the Who’s Who Among American teachers, is a recipient of the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award for Hopatcong Borough, and was awarded the Coaches That Care Award by the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club. In 2007 he was selected to conduct the New Jersey Region 1 Honors Intermediate Band. Following this, in 2014, he was chosen to conduct the New Jersey Region 1 Elementary Honors Band.

Kurt is in his tenth year as the Associate Music Director of the HWS.  He is also in his 26th year as a member of the trumpet section in which he is Co-Principal.  In the past, Kurt has served on the Board of Trustees of the Wind Symphony, holding the offices of secretary and vice-chairperson.

Kurt is a local private instrumental music instructor. Many of his students go on to become professional musicians as teachers, engineers or work in music management. Kurt plays Trumpet at the King of Kings Lutheran Church in Mountain Lakes and has played in four classic rock cover bands.

Kurt and his wife Danielle live in Rockaway Township with their sons, five-year-old Nathan and one-year-old Leopold.

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Peter Boor

Director Emeritus

Peter T. Boor is the Founder and Music Director Emeritus of the critically acclaimed Hanover Wind Symphony, a semi-professional wind band located in Hanover Township, Morris County, New Jersey. He has been interim Professor of Music at Hofstra University; the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY; Rutgers University; and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison Campus. His responsibilities at these institutions have included conducting University Bands, supervision of student teachers, and lecturing in Conducting, Music Education and Musical Instrument Repair.

During his 34-year career as a highly successful Public School Music Educator, Mr. Boor held positions in Flint, Michigan, Johnson City, New York and Whippany, New Jersey. Musical groups under his direction have performed in Carnegie Hall (NYC), the Garden State (PNC) Arts Center, Giant's Stadium, the Waterloo Village Music Festival and the New York World's Fair. Special performances have been presented for the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, the Boston Festival of Bands, the Music Educators National Conference and the New Jersey Music Educators Association. Special performances have been presented for the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, the Boston Festival of Bands, the Music Educators National Conference and the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

World-renowned soloists who have appeared in performance with Mr. Boor include Eugene Albulescu, Joseph Alessi, Roger Behrend, Lorrie Berkshire, Tyrone Breuninger, Don Butterfield, Michael Campbell, Paul Cohen, Mary Ann Craig, Mark Gould, James Markey, Scott Mendoker, James Pugh, Patrick Sheridan, Donald Singer, Philip Smith, Gary Spaulding, and Robert Sullivan. Twice recipient of the prestigious CITATION OF EXCELLENCE award presented by the National Band Association for outstanding leadership in the field of Band Conducting, he has appeared as guest conductor of festivals and performances throughout the Northeast.

He has served as a clinician and consultant to many school music programs; is an adjudicator with North American Music Festivals, Festivals of Music and Music in the Parks; and is presently the New York area coordinator for Festivals of Music. Several articles by Mr. Boor pertinent to music education have been published in The Brass Player, the Rutgers University Alumni Newsletter, the New York State School Music News and NJMEA's Tempo Magazine.

Mr. Boor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Bucknell University where he studied with Allen W. Flock, and a Master of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois where he studied with Mark Hindsley, Haskell Sexton and Charles Leonhard. He presently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Linda, where he is a member of the Triangle Wind Ensemble and the Triangle Brass Band. In addition he directs the Old North State Brass Ensemble, as well as the Swing Band and Dixie Dukes, part of the New Horizons Band program which is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Duke University.