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Music educator

Brian K. Farias, music educator. Named Competition Winner, Garden State Arts Center, 1980, Compeition Winner, Livingston Symphony Orchestra, 1984, Competiton Winner, Rutgers University, 1990; Performance scholar, Rutgers University Orchestra, 2002.


Farias, Brian K. was born on August 19, 1962 in Somerville, New Jersey, United States. Son of Arthur E. and Shirley M. Farias.


Bachelor of Music in Education cum laude, Boston Conservatory Music, 1984. Master in Clarinet Performance, New England Conservatory, 1989. Postgraduate, Rutgers University, since 2002.


Music teacher Sayreville Public Schools, Parlin, New Jersey, 1985—1986. Band director Harvard (Massachusetts) Public Schools, 1989—1989, Middlesex (New Jersey) High School, 1990—1991, Emmaus (Pennsylvania) High School, 1991—1993, Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School, Landover, Maryland, 1998—2001. Music teacher Lyndhurst (New Jersey) Public Schools, 2001—2002.

Band/jazz band director Rosa Parks Performing Arts High School, Paterson, 2002—2005. Guest soloist Nutley (New Jersey) Symphony Orchestra, 1983. Director Best Feet Forward-Holistic Practice, Newton, New Jersey, since 1998.

Holistic health practitioner and educator Best Feet Forward, since 1999. Healer with music, reflexology, hypnosis and past-life regression, aromatherapy. Private lesson instructor Community Conservatory, 1994—1997, DeVoe's Music, 1997—1998, Calderone School Music, 2000—2002, Newton, New Jersey.


  • Achievements include development of Rosa Parks Percussion Ensemble. Development of Louis Armstrong Jazz Award-Rosa Parks High School. Development of John Philip Sousa Band Award-Rosa Parks High School.

    1st Place Awards-Music in the Parks for Band-Rosa Parks High School. 1st Place -Music in the Parks for Jazz Band-Rosa Parks High School. Silver Award for Band-National Basketball Association festival, Rosa Parks High School.

    Best Rhythm, Trombone, soloist-New Jersey-IAJE Jazz Festival-Rosa Parks High School. New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival Participant-Rosa Parks High School. 1st Place-Music in the Parks for ELEM Chorus-Lyndhurst Public Schools.


Member of New Jersey-International Association for Jazz Education (associate. President New Jersey region 1 2002), National Band Association (associate), International Clarinet Society (associate), Music Educators National Conference (associate).


Arthur E.

Shirley M. Farias