Overbrook Music Department

Overbrook Band Staff


Brian Height: Director of Bands

 

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Brian Height was your typical young boy except for one thing he possessed an early, powerful inclination towards music. His childhood, rich spiritually due to his family's active church life, was divided between sports and musical endeavors. At the age of two, Brian became familiar with his first instrument, drums; he quickly progressed, and soon took up the challenge of the clarinet, followed by the saxophone and, finally, the flute. His first public musical performance was at the age of seven when he appeared with a local band in which his father, Edward, was a member. Brian also performed often at his church throughout his childhood.

It was Brian's experience in high school which would lay the foundation for his future. It was there that he became involved in numerous ensembles, from band to choir, performing in a variety of venues including community events, the all state choir, performances at churches, and a special performance at Carnegie Hall under composer John Rutter. By the time Brian graduated, he was instilled with a passion to perform.

In order to solidify his musical training, Brian enrolled in Rowan University where he earned a BA degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies, and took advantage of the many performance opportunities available to him including appearances with the concert choir, orchestra, concert band, small group jazz ensembles, and lab band. He was fortunate enough to have the privilege of studying with Dr. Ben Christy, Mr. Chris DiSanto, Mr. Denis Dibalsio, Mr. Chris Farr, and Mr. Eric Alexander. While at Rowan University he also had the pleasure of performing with distinguished artists such as: Denis DiBlasio, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Roger Neuman, Duffy Jackson, Mike Davis, Steve Weist, Pete Olstad, Eric Alexander, George Rabbi, Darryl Hall, Jim Ridl, James Moody, Suzanne Cloud, Dave Boyer, Brian Betz and Little Anthony and the Imperials to name a few.

In the fall of 2000, Brian accepted the position of director of bands at Overbrook High School. His other responsibilities include teaching music theory classes, and directing the school's marching, concert, and jazz bands. At Overbrook, Brian is happy to be able to share the knowledge he has gained, since first picking up a pair of drumsticks at the age of two, to young students who are as enthusiastic about music as he.

Marching Band Staff

 


Assistant Director: Phil Verespy
Drill Writer: Stephen White
Percussion Staff/Arrangers: TBA
Color Guard Staff: TBA

 



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