Mr. Finnen is in the midst of a long and successful music career, having performed and recorded with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bo Diddly, The Drifters, Wilson Picket, Sam and Dave, and Dr. John, as well as Max Weinberg and Vini Lopez of the E Street Band. His jazz resume includes recordings with outstanding jazz men Steve Gadd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Randy Brecker, Herbie Mann, Dave Liebman and Alphonse Mouzon. He is also a charter member of the BCB Big Band. Mr. Finnen began his public school teaching career in 1993. He has taught all ages and is pleased to direct the string ensembles of the Franklin Lakes Public Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and hiking with his family.
Mr. Finnen believes that music is an essential part of the human experience. Studying a musical instrument gives voice to a child's creative expression. It also cultivates positive work study habits, teamwork, and personal responsibility. As part of a well rounded curriculum, music connects to all other subjects and enhances a child's ability to understand diverse content matter.