Setnor School of Music
Assistant Director, University Bands
Director, Athletic Bands
Justin Jay Mertz is the assistant director of bands and director of the Syracuse University Marching Band. He is the assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble and conductor of the Concert and Symphony Bands. A native of Massapequa, New York, he has held teaching positions in the Alief Independent School District in Houston, Texas, and the Westmoreland Central School District in Westmoreland, New York. At Westmoreland Middle School he was named Faculty of the Year in 2004. The Pride of Westmoreland Marching Band finished near the top of its class under his direction.
Additionally, Mertz writes competitive marching drill for high school bands in the Northeast and has been a guest conductor and clinician throughout New York State, including the Greater Utica Honors Youth Wind Ensemble, Greater Syracuse Honors Youth Wind Ensembles, Oxford Summer Band Camp, and NYSSMA area all-state festivals. He holds two degrees from Syracuse University.