John Kurdilla, a resident of Washington Borough, NJ is a retired music teacher having served the Readington Township School system for 39 years. For 17 of those years John Kurdilla served as Fine and Practical Arts Supervisor, Interim Principal and Assistant to the Superintendent in Non-Curricular Matters. There he was an award-winning Orchestra Director/Arranger, Jazz and Concert Bands Director. Presently Mr. Kurdilla is an Assistant to Bill Warfield at Lehigh University. Professionally, he is a member of The American Federation of the Northern New Jersey Musician’s Guild and American Federation of Musician’s Local#802 Manhattan. As a studio musician, he has recorded jingles and demos for MacDonalds’s and other various corporations. Currently, he can be heard on four MTV commercials. As a woodwind player, predominately the saxophone, he has performed at the Empire State Building, McGraw Hill Building, Rockefeller Center, Bronx City Manager’s Concerts, Jersey City Musical Arts Concerts, Jones Beach and other similar venues in the tri-state area. He has performed in concerts at Dover Downs Casino in Dover Delaware, Trump Marina, Balley’s Grand and Balley’s Wild Wild West Casinos in Atlantic City, Sands Casino and Mt. Airy Casinos in Pennsylvania and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Internationally He has performed in Red Square, Moscow and in the Volkswagen Music Festival in Wolfsburg Germany.Mr. Kurdilla has performed with jazz greats such as Harry Leahy, Carmen Leggio, Ernie Wilkins, Ed Shaunnessey, Charlie Ventura, and Clarke Terry are also added to his past accomplishments. Mr. Kurdilla studied the saxophone with Charlie Leeds, Charlie Ventura, Vince Trombetta (of the former Mike Douglass Show in Philadelphia), Donald Sinta (Classical Saxophone Teacher/Performer) and Sigurd Rascher (World Renown Classical Saxophone Teacher/Performer). John has attended the GRAMMY AWARDS Ceremonies as a nominee and judge. In 2004 John was nominated for a GRAMMY award as a soloist on country performer, Tim Cross’ “Lost In Carolina” album. As a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter (GRAMMY), John has served on the GRAMMY Educational Committee. Also, in 2004 John was honored with an “Aurora Award” and “Telly Award” for his sax and flute solos on the film score “Charmed and Dangerous”. He performs with many local bands and also various “oldies Groups” such as “The Del Vikings” and “Cookies” and Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Jazz Program Administrator