Christopher Buzby will join the music faculty at Worcester Preparatory School this September following 18 years as director of instrumental music at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pa., where he conducted the middle and upper school concert bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles, and taught music appreciation, music theory and digital audio classes.
Buzby was also the arts department chair and seventh-grade dean -administrative duties he held, alongside his music teaching duties, for seven years each. Buzby is proudest of the growth of the AFS music program into one that now strongly supports multiple Instrumental and choral music ensembles across all divisions of the school, boasting current music ensemble participation at 48 percent of the AFS student body.
Buzby received a bachelor of music degree from Moravian College of Bethlehem, Pa., in 1993 and his master’s degree in music education from West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., in 2005. He was also a performing and touring member of The Philadelphia Boys Choir and a member of his church choir throughout his teenage years. At AFS he was an ardent and active participant in both the choral and theater programs.
Buzby also composes, records, performs and sings in the internationally acclaimed band echolyn, a five-piece original progressive rock/fusion ensemble that spent three years signed to Sony Music/Epic Records in the 1990s. The group has released multiple studio and live albums, performs and tours in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and is finishing its 10th studio album, due for release this fall.
Buzby's professional musical output has also earned him praise and mention in multiple progressive rock retrospectives and music journals. Most recently, in the November 2012 issue of Keyboard Magazine, several of Buzby's echolyn keyboard scores and audio links were published. He can be found online in YouTube videos performing with echolyn, Mike Keneally (of Frank Zappa fame) and giving his own TEDTalk on the topic of Pursuing the Passion Path.
Buzby and his wife Alison recently moved full time to their home in Selbyville and are enjoying life on the Eastern Shore with their two whippets, Mona and Abe. In addition to music, Buzby enjoys golf, finance, time with his family, brewing his own beer, current events, travel, biking, and home & garden projects.