|Photo courtesy of John Pastore|
North Jersey Concert Band conductor Mike Roth has a varied musical background as a trombonist, vocalist, and conductor.
Mike Roth has a varied musical background as a trombonist, vocalist, and conductor. He received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Crane School of Music, where he studied conducting under Anthony Maiello. While an undergraduate, he served as director of the Disney All-American College Band in Orlando. The Disney Company also employed him as a singer as well as a voice-over artist for promotional productions at the Florida site.
Mr. Roth served as a freelance musical artist for many years, performing with numerous jazz and popular artists in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area, both as a trombonist and as a vocalist. He was for many years the director and/or soloist for a variety of local and regional choruses associated with communities and houses of worship. He currently holds the position of Chancel Choir Director at the Upper Ridgewood Community Church in Ridgewood, NJ.
Mr. Roth taught band, chorus and drama for 24 years in the North Rockland School District in New York. His bands consistently were awarded high honors in competitions and were featured in several regional promotional media campaigns. As creative director of theatrical activities for North Rockland throughout his tenure there, he also produced over 45 stage productions with his high school students.
With a strong interest in technology, Mr. Roth developed and taught courses in acoustics and sound engineering for North Rockland and also has served as a consultant to school districts in auditorium and music suite development and construction.
Presently, Mr. Roth is principal of the Willow Grove Elementary School in Thiells, N.Y. He has been the North Jersey Concert Band's Music Director since 2009. An avid horticulturist, he can be found in the greenhouse attached to his home propagating all manner of plants.