Assistant Director John Hylkema, is in his second 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 win symphony, jazz ensemble, pep band and is the district’s brass lesson specialist. He is also one of the Wind Instructors for the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Marching Red Devils and conducts the Hackettstown Community Band. John is still an active musician, playing trumpet for the RVSB, performs with 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 degree 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.