Musical Director, HVCHS Alumni Jazz Ensemble
Musical Director, Hopewell Valley Pops Orchestra, Hopewell Valley Youth Orchestra
Recording artist Jack Furlong is known as a performer, composer, arranger, woodwind doubler, and educator. A baritone saxophonist by trade, Jack diversifies his sound to other saxophones and woodwinds to achieve the proper tone color, mood, and musical message he hears and wishes to portray. Jack delights audiences with his wit and mastery at gigs, a talent that exudes from his albums, including the critically acclaimed “And That Happened,” his philanthropic release “Charity,” and his latest release "Opportunity."
With cool phrasing and a simple, melodic approach, Jack credits his style as heavily influenced from a wide variety of jazz pioneers, citing Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Count Basie, and John Coltrane as the parents of his sound; yet he notes that his technique is personalized for today’s jazz scene. Jack has been on stage alongside greats such as Phil Woods, Peter Nero, Jim McNeely and the late Mulgrew Miller. An accomplished performer, Jack leads his own quartet and 12-piece jazz orchestra.
Furlong earned his B.A. in Music from Lafayette College and his M.M. in Composing and Arranging from William Paterson University. He currently teaches at Kutztown University.
Sean Ryan graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Music Education having already gained a plethora of musical recognition, including bing the founding grandmaster of the TCNJ Composers Guild. Sean has taught instrumental music in various school districts at multiple levels. From 2006-2016, Sean was the conductor and music director of the Glen Rock Pops Orchestra in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Sean is currently the chairperson of Band and Orchestra Instrument Studies at Music Notes Academy in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
In 2013, Sean and esteemed audio engineer and music professional Philip Vasta founded Sound Spring Studio, a music mixing and composition studio.
Although Sean's main instrument is saxophone, he is widely versed in other families of instruments. With seven completed symphonies, he has also composed, transcribed, adapted, and arranged many other pieces for band, orchestra, and various types of chamber ensembles, including solo works. More than a dozen of these pieces have been performed, and several recorded by The College of New Jersey Concert Band, the Glen Rock Pops, the Teaneck Community band, and the Waldwick Community band, along with various other performance ensembles in New Jersey.
Sean is a member of MENC (Music Educators National Conference), NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), MAMTG (Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild), and Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. A distinguished member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers), Sean has written various scores for several independent films and games such as "Save", and "Once in a Blue Moon" and "Goldfinger 64".