Assistant Director John Hylkema, is in his fourth season with the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band however, he’s no stranger to the podium. John currently serves as the Director of Bands at Readington Middle School in Whitehouse, NJ, where he directs the 6-8th grade concert bands, advanced wind symphony, jazz ensemble, pit orchestra and is the district’s brass lesson specialist. He is the assistant Wind director for the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Marching Red Devils . John is still an active musician, playing trumpet for the RVSB, the Eastern Wind Symphony, freelances as a pit orchestra musician and continues to attend various conduction symposia around the country. John holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education and a Master degrees in Wind Conducting and Music Education, all from Syracuse University. While at the Setnor School of Music, he gained extensive experience as a music director and conductor at the University and around the Syracuse community. John can be heard on many recordings with the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, produced by Mark Records and has performed with world-renowned artists.