About the RVSB
The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) has been bringing live, quality music to New Jersey residents for three decades. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Anthony Isch, former Director of Bands at the College of New Jersey, the RVSB has grown in both size and caliber to be recognized as one of the state’s premier volunteer symphonic bands. With a diverse repertoire, from classics to Broadway, the RVSB brings together talented amateur and professional musicians, distinguished conductors, renowned guest artists and enthusiastic audiences.
The RVSB currently has over 100 members drawn from central New Jersey and the surrounding areas. The membership represents a cross-section of musical talent, including professional and amateur musicians and music educators, ranging in age from high school through retirees.
The purpose of the RVSB is to contribute positively to the musical environment of the community while providing an outlet for individual musical expression and growth among its membership and to affirm the community concert band position in American music. It is the intent of the RVSB to provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to play together for enjoyment as well as to provide lasting musical and social values to both the members and the community.
The RVSB is proud of its tradition of bringing quality music to the community and frequently featuring some of New Jersey’s most talented soloists and conductors. Featured artists have included:
- Phil Smith, principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic
- Joeseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic
- George Balog, clarinetist, The Eastern Wind Symphony
- James Markey, trombonist, New York Philharmonic
- Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, cornet, Atlantic Brass Band
- Scott Mendoker, tuba
- Paul Cohen, saxophone
- Maureen Hurd, clarinet
Guest conductors have included:
- Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the Goldman Band
- Chief Master Sergeant Edward Teleky, Drum Major of the U.S. Air Force Band
- Lt. Commander John Pastin, U.S. Navy Band (ret.)
For its 20th anniversary in 2004, the RVSB commissioned its first work, MetaMarch by Steven Bryant, which is now being published by BCM International.
The band is also committed to continuing music education for the community. As part of its outreach program, the band sponsors master classes and master band clinics with its guest soloists and guest conductors. These programs are offered free of charge to area music students and adult musicians.
The RVSB musical season runs from September through June, with weekly rehearsals. The concert schedule typically includes three formal concerts a year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and one or more local, outdoor concerts in the late spring and early summer. The RVSB also performs an annual children’s concert. Admission to all concerts is free.
The RVSB’s programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program. The Band is a tax-exempt organization and welcomes donations, either corporate or personal. Contributions may be sent to us at:
Raritan Valley Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6064
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Please email us here for more information.
The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band is committed to making its programs and concerts accessible to everyone and will provide reasonable accommodations to any person with disabilities upon reasonable notice. Please email here to arrange for any needed assistance in advance of arriving for a performance or rehearsal. Large-print programs are available at the concerts.