Brass Section Instructional Staff Bios

Mark Figueroa, Brass Director

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MARK FIGUEROA started his involvement in the drum corps activity as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. While there he had the opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the business. He played baritone all four years that he marched, (2005 – 2008). During the 2008 season, Mark was selected as the Horn Sergeant, a role that would shape him for years to come.

While attending college at West Chester University, Mark studied euphonium and arranging under Dr. Jonathan Fowler and Dr. Andrew Yozviak, among many others. During his time at West Chester, Mark spent two years as a performing member of the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band, and two years as one of the Student Coordinators. In this role, he was in charge of the Visual program and assisted in the teaching of the wind book. Mark holds a BA in Music Education from West Chester University.

Since graduating, Mark has spent time teaching at every level (elementary, intermediate, and high school), but has spent most of his post-college years teaching in the Toms River Regional School District. Mark spent three years teaching at Toms River Intermediate East, where he taught the 6th grade band and the 7th/8th grade Symphonic Band. He is now in his third year as the Assistant Band Director at Toms River High School East, where he teaches the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwind Choir.

Mark has spent the last ten years working with various high school marching bands in the tri-state area. While living in Pennsylvania, Mark spent seasons with the Quakertown High School Marching Band and the North Penn High School Marching Band. Once back in New Jersey, he spent two seasons as a Visual and Music Technician with the Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Band before moving to Toms River High School East as a Visual and Brass Technician.

In addition to teaching, Mark is the Co-Founder/Composer/Arranger for New Wave Marching Productions, where he composes original marching band shows for sale. He has been serving as the in-house arranger for Toms River High School East for the last four years.

Currently, Mark has begun expanding his work in the marching arts as a Program Consultant and Visual Technician for the Toms River Regional Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Mark is extremely excited to be coming back as Brass Director of the Jersey Surf for the third year! Before a few years away from drum corps, he most recently served as a Visual Tech for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Mark is happily married and resides in Brick, NJ.

Aaron Goldberg, Brass Education Advisor/Consultant

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A native of Boston, AARON GOLDBERG holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has taught music from kindergarten through college, and currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Boston University, directing the Marching Band, Pep Band, BU Percussion Ensemble, Scarlet Band, and Commencement Brass Ensemble, as well as oversees the Band fraternity & sorority chapters on campus (Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma).

Aaron was a performer in the National touring company of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway show “Blast” in 2005-2006, and has been involved in the drum & bugle corps activity for over fifteen years. He was a performing member of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 1998, and was the featured baritone soloist in 2000 and 2001. He served on the Crossmen brass staff from 2002-2010, working as the baritone instructor for six years and the Brass Caption Head for three years. He has taught the horn line of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, consulted with the 7th Regiment and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently taught on the brass staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

Aaron has composed original music for a variety of commercial sources and documentaries, and has arranged music for drum corps, high school and college marching bands, and is the current winds arranger for the Boston University Athletic Bands. He has been a music adjudicator for the United States Scholastic Bands Association and the New England Scholastic Bands Association. He served as Pep Band Director at Boston College from 2007 to 2009, and was the Band Director at North Andover (MA) High School from 2009 to 2011, where he directed multiple instrumental ensembles and taught a variety of classroom music courses.

In his free time, Aaron enjoys teaching private low brass lessons across the North Shore of Boston, performing on trombone and euphonium in the Boston area, and rooting for the Red Sox.

Jon Virtue, Brass Educator & Consultant

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JON VIRTUE is honored to fill the role of Brass Education Consultant for the 2017 Jersey Surf, and he looks forward to helping young musicians in their quest for excellence through the art of brass performance. As a graduate of West Chester University, a former full-time performer with the United States Air Force, and current professional trumpet player in the Greater Philadelphia Area, Jon understands what it takes to perform on all levels. He is excited to share what he has learned over years of experience with many championship caliber organizations, under the tutelage of some of the most well known & respected marching activity professionals.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – A. D’Angelo

Dan Stauffer, Trumpet Instructor

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DAN STAUFFER is from Lancaster, PA where he currently is the elementary band director in the Columbia Borough School District and also maintains an active private studio. He is an instructor for the Columbia Borough High School marching band and in the past has worked with Penn Manor High School, and Hempfield High School. As a performer, Dan is an active freelance trumpet player in the central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia regions. He has had the opportunity to study and perform at two summer music festivals at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. After spending two seasons with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007 and teaching the Jersey Surf trumpets since 2015, Dan is excited to be back in the drum corps scene.

Chris DeVona, Mellophone & Flugelhorn Instructor

After a short involvement in 2016, CHRIS DEVONA is excited to return to Jersey Surf for the full 2017 season as a brass instructor. Chris began his drum corps career with the 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 and went on to play mellophone at the Cadets for the next 5 five years. During that time, he also performed with the Cadets2. In the fall seasons, Chris enjoys working with Southington High School in CT as a music and visual instructor and with Arlington High School in NY as the visual caption head. Outside of the marching activity, Chris is an active musician and mathematician. At the University of Hartford, Chris studied music theory, French horn, and mathematics. This fall, he will begin working as a music teacher at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT.

 

Allison Figueroa, Baritone Instructor

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While attending college at West Chester University, ALLISON FIGUEROA studied euphonium and music education under Dr. Jonathan Fowler and Dr. Andrew Yozviak among others. During her time at West Chester, Allison spent two years as a performing member of the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band. Allison held the first chair in the leading ensemble, the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, on euphonium for several semesters. Allison graduated with honors with a BA in Music Education from West Chester University in the Spring of 2011.

During her time at West Chester, Allison worked with a local high school marching band, Bayard Rustin High School, as a visual and musical instructor.

Since graduating, Allison has spent time teaching at both the intermediate, and high school levels in both the Jackson School District and the Toms River Regional School District. Allison is in her third year of teaching at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Jackson School District where she teaches the 7th grade band, 8th grade band, and jazz band. She is now in her second year as the Assistant Band Director at Jackson Liberty High School, where she teaches visual and music for the marching band.

In addition to teaching in several schools in the Ocean County Region, Allison has been teaching private instrumental lessons for many years with a focus in brass techniques.

Allison is very much looking forward to being a Music Tech for the baritone section if the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Allison’s main instrument from the very beginning has been baritone and then euphonium, so her 16 years of experience with the instrument make her very passionate about the contribution that it can bring to the drum corps. Allison has performance experience on baritone with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and was taught by several of it’s finest instructors.

Allison is happily married and resides in Brick, NJ.

Brandon Mast, Euphonium Instructor

Brandon is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in Music Education and Music Performance with a minor in Jazz studies. With trombone as his major instrument, he has performed with the WCU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Criterions Jazz Ensemble. He has also served as a visual coordinator for the WCU marching band. Outside of campus, he teaches private lessons in student’s homes through Greensleeves music LLC, and has taught as a wind technician for the Great Valley High School Marching Band. His drum corps experience includes marching with the Jersey Surf for the 2015 season and The Cavaliers for the 2016 season. Brandon is very excited to work with such talented students and staff this summer at the Jersey Surf.

Jason Moore, Low Brass Instructor

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JASON MOORE is a low brass specialist originating out of West Deptford, NJ with more than a decade of experience in the marching arts. Jason marched Euphonium at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009. Other marching experience includes four years of time in the West Chester University Golden Ram Marching Band where he was a section leader and Student Coordinator throughout his tenure.

Jason has also been a brass and visual technician for many high school bands in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including the Cheltenham and Bensalem Marching Bands. Currently, Jason is the brass and visual technician for the Upper Darby Marching Royals in Upper Darby, PA.

Jason attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Elective Studies. At West Chester Jason studied Trombone with Matt Niess and Haim Avitsur and was a part of many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble as Principal Trombone and the Criterions Jazz Ensemble as Lead Trombone.

Outside of the marching arts, Jason is a freelance trombonist, conductor, composer/arranger, and private brass instructor throughout the Delaware Valley and loves the thrill of performing live music!

Dr. Andrew Yozviak, Brass Arranger

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Returning to the organization for his fourth season as Brass Arranger, DR. ANDREW YOZVIAK is the Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Yozviak’s primary responsibilities 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, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the 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 Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.

As a composer, Dr. Yozviak has accepted commissions to compose and arrange music in a variety of genres. He has composed commissioned works for winds, chorus, jazz ensemble, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Dr. Yozviak’s work as an arranger has yielded more than one hundred fifty marching band shows for some forty high schools, eight universities, five drum and bugle corps and work for NFL Films. His original compositions for marching band, which include Africa, a-MAZE-ing, The Art of War, Artificial Intelligence, Balance, The Bells, Four Suits, Night Visions, Koto, Water, and Winter Sketches are published by Marching Show Concepts’ Center X Productions.

Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.