LINWOOD – Veteran band director Mark Kadetsky has stepped down as director of the Mainland Regional High School Marching Band, a position he has held since June.

Kadetsky, the band director and music teacher at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, took the position at Mainland under a co-curricular stipend, and submitted his resignation Oct. 27. 

Kadetsky said his departure from Mainland will allow him the opportunity to reclaim some time with his wife and 4-year-old son, and to pursue other interests.

"After eight years, I successfully completed my doctorate program the week after leaving, and some different academic opportunities have recently become available that I am able now to become involved in," Kadetsky said in an email to The Current.

Kadetsky also conducts the Atlantic Pops and was chosen to conduct the All South Jersey High School Band in January.

“Mainland was certainly fun while it lasted. In late June they needed a band director to fill in at the last moment, and I was glad to help out, but by the end of October it was time to move on. I met some really cool people, and in only 120 days we grew the band to the largest size in several years and we added some new dimensions to the program," he said.

Kadetsky said his assistant directors Amy Melson and Marc Spatz and supervisor Kristin Lavery were great to work with and that head football coach Chuck Smith and Athletic Director Mike Gatley were incredibly supportive and encouraging.

"I wish the kids, the staff and the band boosters well and hope to see and hear them progress,” he said.

The beat goes on for the Mustangs Marching Band. District Superintendent Mark Marrone said Melson and Spatz have taken over the responsibilities of band director, and since this time of year is low key in the marching band season, the school will be advertising for the position after the start of the new year.

“Mr. Kadetsky agreed to come on board in June to help us out. In the short time he was here he grew the band, which is now about 55 members, and moved them up into the Open Class for competition,” Marrone said.

Marrone said the school district appreciates the help and guidance Kadetsky provided during his stay at Mainland and wishes him well in future endeavors.

Craig Garwood, co-President of the Mainland Band Boosters, said Kadetsky “definitely had the band's best interests at heart this season."

"Not knowing what to expect with a new director, he brought out the best in band and pushed them to be the best that they could be. I wish Mr. Kadetsky all the best in his future endeavors, I know he will continue to teach many kids to love music and strive to be the best,” Garwood said.