Josh Cvijanovic began serving as Director of Bands at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough in the fall of 2014. Mr. Cvijanovic graduated Summa Cum Laude with the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2007) and the Master of Music in Percussion Performance (2009) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. At UNC, Josh served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, working with the Music Research Institute, Music Education Department, and the Percussion Studio. He was also an active performer with the nationally recognized UNC Wind Ensemble, Casella Sinfonietta, Steel Drumming Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various jazz combos.
Prior to his arrival at Cedar Ridge, Mr. Cvijanovic was the band director at Eastern Randolph HS, where in five years he doubled the size of the band program and his ensembles received numerous awards and recognition, with consistent Excellent and Superior Ratings in marching competitions and concert band MPA. Josh has continued the success of the Cedar Ridge program with superior ratings at Concert and Jazz MPA, and a performance by his Jazz Ensemble at the 2015 NCMEA In-Service Conference. In March of 2017, his Jazz Ensemble placed fourth in the Swing Central Jazz Festival hosted annually by the Savannah Music Festival. His students frequently participate in collegiate, District, and State level honor bands, including performances with the All-American Marching Band and the NAFME National Jazz Ensemble.
Mr. Cvijanovic is active with the NC Bandmasters Association and NC Music Educators Association, currently serving as the Chair-Elect for the Jazz Section. He also serves as the Central District Central Region MPA Site Host, District Clinic Co-Chair and All-State Jazz Clinic Chair. Josh is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the state for concert, jazz and marching events. He has worked as a rehearsal assistant and conductor with the UNC Summer Music Camp for ten years, served as an Educational Consultant for Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and is a conductor of the “Carolina Ambassador’s Honor Band” which tours the U.K., France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Italy giving concerts in each country bi-annually in June and July.
He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society in Music, NAFME, the Percussive Arts Society, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the Vic Firth Education Team. In 2015, Mr.Cvijanovic was awarded the "Ed Rooker Encore Award" by the NC Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association; which is given to honor the achievements and service of new band directors and to promote the ASBDA mission of fostering rising talent in the music education profession. Josh and his wife Amanda, an EC Teacher at Eastlawn Elementary School, live in Burlington with their sons Henry and Benjamin.