Ensembles Manager, Artist in Residence
Zachary deVries enjoys an active career as a freelance musician and educator. Originally from Islip Terrace, New York, Mr. deVries is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education and is currently pursuing his Master of Music Degree in Education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Mr. deVries is the Eighth Grade Band Director at Woodland Middle School (East Meadow School District), where he also leads the Woodland Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.
Prior to his appointment in the East Meadow School District, Mr. deVries served as the Director of Athletic Bands at Boston University, where he led the Marching Band, Pep Bands, and Winter Percussion Ensemble. Under his direction the Boston University Bands performed at regional and national competitions, as well as the NCAA Basketball and Hockey Tournaments. In addition, Mr. deVries led the Marching Band when they opened for J. Geils Band and Aerosmith at Fenway Park in 2010. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. deVries was on faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Tuba Euphonium Workshop, where along with Mike Roylance (principal tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra) he taught and co-wrote the workshop curriculum. Mr. deVries’ students have enjoyed great success at the NYSSMA festivals, and have been selected to participate in All-County and All-State ensembles. In addition, students in his studio have been selected to perform at international competitions including the Leonard Falcone Tuba Euphonium Competition and gone on to study at universities and conservatories across the nation.
An alumnus of the Nassau-Suffolk Concert Band and Wind Symphony, Mr. deVries currently serves as the Ensembles Manager and Low Brass Artist-in-Residence at Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts. An active performer, Mr. deVries is a member of the Long Island Tuba Quartet, Long Island Wind Ensemble, and Atlantic Wind Symphony. Throughout his career, Zachary has studied with Mike Roylance, principal tuba Boston Symphony Orchestra; Eric Ruske, internationally renowned horn soloist and former member of the Empire Brass Quintet; and William Troiano, freelance musician and educator.