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2012 NJMEA Distinguished Service Award The 2012 NJMEA Distinguished Service Award was presented to 7 outstanding music educators. This award recognizes our colleagues


who have honored themselves with faithful service to music education in New Jersey. These ladies and gentlemen are excellent role models and are certainly a credit to our profession.


NJMEA 2012 Awards By Joseph Jacobs


NJMEA President-Elect Ventnor Middle School jjacobs@veccnj.org


Peter Crosta, K-12 Assistant Director of Special Projects Orange Township Board of Education


Peter Crosta started his career as a music educator in 1977 at the Dover 2012 NJMEA School Administrator Award At the NJMEA conference luncheon on February 24, 2012 two outstanding school administrators were recognized for their support and


commitment to music education. Both of these gentlemen have made a dramatic impact in their school communities. By using their skills and talents as administrators they have made a difference by stressing and advocating the importance of music education in their schools.


William Trusheim, Superintendent of Schools Pequannock Township Schools


William Trusheim’s professional career as an educator began in 1970 at


South River High School where he was the music teacher. After 27 successful years he took a position as Director of Fine & Performing Arts (K-12) at Pequannock Township Public Schools. He later became Assistant Principal, and then Principal of Pequannock Valley Middle School. He has been the Superintendent since 2009. Under his leadership the music program at Pequannock Township has ex- panded to include general music programs for all students in grades K–6, recorder instruction for grades 3-5, choir for grades 4-12, band for grades 5-12 and orches- tra for grades 5-12. Music electives include music technology, world music drum- ming, guitar, piano, theory, jazz band, marching band, swing band, swing choir, chamber choir, girls ensemble chorus, percussion ensemble and history of pop music. His most recent budget proposal included the purchase of guitars, West African instruments, choral risers, a music computer lab and wireless microphones.


Pequannock Township Schools have been recognized for years for their superior musical achievements. Trusheim’s commitment and


advocacy for music education has inspired students and teachers to attain their musical goals. John Sarcone, Principal


Hackettstown High School John Sarcone is an accomplished musician who has been actively involved


in Hackettstown’s student musical presentations throughout his career. He has shared his talents as a jazz percussionist to assist various school productions. Sar- cone has supported music and arts programs by initiating art shows and upgrading equipment and performing facilities. His budget support has included the pur- chase of a marching band trailer, pit cart, stage lights and sound equipment for the auditorium. He is currently exploring the possibilities of implementing a rotating music lesson program in the high school and adding a percussion coordinator for the marching band. The music program at Hackettstown High School includes chorus, jazz choir,


concert band, wind ensemble, marching band, piano and theory. During Sarcone’s tenure as principal the chorus, band and drama department have won numerous awards. He is a strong advocate and mentor for the entire fine and performing arts staff.


Public Schools. In 1979 he accepted a position at Orange High School where he was the band and choral director. He became Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts in Orange Township in 1993. He is a former board member of the NJ Music Administrators Association and is the current webmaster for NJAA. Crosta has supported the music and arts programs by creating a partnership with NJPAC which has benefitted students and allowed for staff development. He created and maintains a website which is dedicated to student works in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Crosta is attributed with increasing the arts department staff by 150%, placing full-time personnel in every building in visual arts, vocal music, and instrumental music.


Gary Quam, Publicity Chair


North Jersey Schools Music Association Gary Quam has been a music educator for 41 years. He was the band director


at Morris Hills High School and Mendham High School. Gary is responsible for introducing clinic-concerts by professional big bands to North Jersey high schools. He retired from Mendham last year and left behind a very strong music program which includes a symphonic band, 2 wind ensembles, 3 jazz bands, and a 110 member marching band. Gary has been actively involved in NJSMA since 1982. His involvement includes conductor for the symphonic band and the junior high orchestra, manager for the jazz band, host for the junior high band and orchestra, orchestra audition chair, corresponding secretary and publicity chair. His NJMEA involvement includes All-State Band and Orchestra Procedures Committee mem- ber, chaperone for All-State and All-Eastern ensembles, and clinician for the NJEA convention in Atlantic City.


James Beyer, Music Educator


Washington Township High School James Beyer is currently in his 33rd


year as a music educator. His concert


band and marching band have won numerous awards including invitations to 11 NJ state galas.


Jim organized and hosted the first concert band festival in South


Jersey. He has supervised student teachers and practicum students from Rowan University, University of the Arts, and University of Delaware since 1985. Jim has been a guest conductor for ensembles from Rowan University, The College of New Jersey, University of Delaware, West Chester University, South Jersey Honors Band, Salem County Honors Band, and the Olympic Conference Honors Band. Forty one graduates of his music programs are employed in the music field includ- ing 17 New Jersey public school and private teachers.


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