Dr. Isch was the founding conductor of the RVSB and conducted the band from 1983-1998.
Dr. Anthony Isch is a retired College Professor of Music from The New Jersey College at Trenton where he served as Band and Wind Ensemble director for 20 years. He was Director of Student Teaching for all Music Education Majors. While at NJC, Dr. Isch organized the New Jersey High School Band Festival which is still going strong after 25 years.He served as Adjudicator and Massed Band Conductor of the Atlantic City Press Band Festival at Convention Hall for seven years. He was guest conductor at numerous band festivals including The New Jersey Region III All State Band, The Eastern Pennsylvania Band, The New Jersey All Shore Band, and The Salem County Band. For the past ten years, Dr. Isch has been a lecturer and adjudicator for the annual Teen Arts Festival at Burlington County College. He was the conductor of The Moorestown Community Chorus for seven years, and Director of Music at The Lutheran Church in Haddonfield for 22 years.
While at the New Jersey College, he was a violinist and Associate Conductor of The Creative Arts Symphony Orchestra. His article in The Instrumentalist Magazine on Manual Aptitude Tests in Music resulted in his system being adopted in numerous public schools nationwide. He also has had articles in The Music Educators Journal. He has choral Music published by Schmidt, Hall & McCreary, and The Chelsea Collection of Hand Bell Music published by Harold Flammer. His Doctoral Dissertation was one of the first to demonstrate the value of teaching of music via videotape.
Tony began leading the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band in 1983 and led the band until his retirement in 1998, building the band into the successful group it is today. His farewell concert on June 13, 1998 was widely publicized in the area newspapers. The members of the band thank Tony for his many years of inspirational leadership and dedication. He will be missed.