Hamilton High School West Bands

2720 South Clinton Avenue

Hamilton, New Jersey 08610


  1. (609)631-4168 x3305   Office

(609) 581-5000   Fax


Brian Maher, Director of Bands/Music Arranger/Band Director:

   Mr. Maher is a graduate of Temple University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, and New Jersey City University, receiving his Masters degree in Music Education. Mr. Maher specializes in woodwind instruments, and has been composing, arranging and orchestrating music for various bands in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas since the age of fourteen. A proud member of A.S.C.A.P., he also writes and arranges the bands’ competitive marching band music for their fall field program. Mr. Maher currently has two USBands New Jersey State Marching Band Championship titles, and two USBands National Marching Band Championship titles, and he is always eager to see his students excel in the world of music, and beyond.

Peter Certo, Assistant Director of Bands/Band Director:

    Mr. Peter Certo began his musical training when he was eight years old.  At the age of ten he began playing cornet in a community band and marching in town processions.  Mr. Certo graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied trumpet with Professor William Fielder and earned a Bachelor of Music Education.  In 2001, he became a band director at Albert E. Grice Middle School and joined the staff of Hamilton High School West in 2009.  He is thrilled to be part of and continue the long tradition of pride and excellence by the ensembles of Hamilton High School West.

Yasmin Maher, Theme Concept:

    Mrs. Maher has taught Color Guard for many years starting in Florida, before moving up to New Jersey. Her units have received many “Superior” ratings within the various marching band circuits they have performed in. Mrs. Maher has also performed in many music videos, including those of Will Smith and Gloria Estefan. She currently teaches dance to over 400 students in her public school district in North Jersey.


Mr. Daryl Updike, Percussion Battery Instructor

EPIC Percussion, Percussion Arranger

Mrs. Virginia Diaz, Color Guard Instructor

EPIC Performing Arts, Drill Designer

Mrs. Shannon Cenci, Visual Design Coordinator

Mr. Joseph Suarez, Pit Percussion Instructor and Audio Tech