Cedar Ridge High School Orchestra Director Receives Achievement Award | Culture & Leisure


Josh Cvijanovic, director of bands at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, has been chosen by the Central District Chapter of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association to receive the 2022 Achievement Award. The prestigious award, given to honor a career in excellence in all areas of instrumental music education, is voted on each spring by Central District orchestra directors from 13 counties. This is the second time that Cvijanovic has been recognized by his colleagues in the central district. In 2020, he was selected “Group Manager of the Year”.

“The Excellence Award is presented annually to a band leader who has demonstrated excellence in all areas of instrumental music education throughout their career,” said Beth Cox, President-elect of the NCMEA Central District Bandmasters Association.

Cvijanovic has been at Cedar Ridge since 2014. He conducts the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles I and II, and the Marching Red Wolves. He began his career at Eastern Randolph High School, where he taught for five years. Its students frequently participate in honor bands at the college, district, and state level, including performances with the All-American Marching Band, the National Jazz Ensemble NAFME (National Association for Music Education), and the Grammy Jazz Band. Cvijanovic continued the success of the Cedar Ridge program with many notable performances, including a Jazz Ensemble I concert at the 2015 NCMEA in-service conference, an invitation to the Savannah Music Festival in 2017, and High Point University recognizing the Wind Ensemble as an “Honor Band of North Carolina” in 2018. Concert and jazz bands consistently receive excellent and top marks at the Jazz and Concert MPA.

“I am honored beyond words to have been named by my colleagues this year’s recipient of the Excellence Award,” said Cvijanovic. “During my 13 years, I have worked to cultivate relationships with my peers across the state, both on the conductor’s podium and in leadership positions in our organization. educators in our district and state are some of the best in our field, and I am honored to work with such incredible teachers and students.”

Shannon Braxton, Director of Cultural Arts and CTE, said, “Leaders like Mr. Josh Cvijanovic are an asset to schools in Orange County. Mr. Cvijanovic is not only a leader in his Cedar Ridge Band hall, but also in the school and the district. It provides leadership for the entire Orange County schools music program and cultural arts programs as a whole.

Cvijanovic is an active member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and the North Carolina Music Educators Association, currently Past President of the Jazz Education Chapter, Host of the CDBA Central Region MPA Site, Chair of the High School All-District Clinic and Central Region. jazz treasurer. He is in high demand as an umpire and clinician statewide for concert, jazz, and marching events. He worked for 11 years as a rehearsal assistant and bandleader with the UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp, was an educational consultant for the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and in 2017 served as bandleader with the ‘Carolina Ambassador’s Honor Band’, which has toured and performed in the UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Since 2019, he has coached the percussion section of the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble.

Cvijanovic graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2007 and earned a Master of Music in Percussion Performance in 2009, from UNCG. He is a member of the American School Band Directors Association (Class of 2022), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society in Music, NAFME, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the Vic Firth Education Team. In 2015, Cvijanovic received the “Ed Rooker Encore Award” from the North Carolina Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association; which is awarded to honor the achievements and service of new group directors and to further ASBDA’s mission of fostering the rise of talent in the profession of music education. He and his wife Amanda, an EC teacher and department head at Eastlawn Elementary School, live in Burlington with their sons, Henry and Benjamin.

“It really is the best job ever,” Cvijanovic said. “Some of the greatest experiences I have had, and the closest friends I have made, have been brought into my life through music. members that they are selfless, that they listen to others more than themselves, and that they are able to constantly adapt and solve problems creatively.These are skills that our students take with them when “they leave our program and can apply to whatever they do. Even if they can’t continue playing their instrument, they will take those lessons and a love for music and the arts with them for the rest of their lives. To stand in front of a group of musicians, ready to work together to create something meaningful and special, is a humbling and special thing.


Comments are closed.