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Memorial Concert Band of Colonie Announcing New Music Director and Principal Conductor

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Happenings



The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie (MCBC), sponsored by the Town of Colonie, has been providing free live local performances entertaining Capital Region audiences for over 20 years.  The 70+ member musical ensemble provides the best symphonic winds music from the classics of Sousa and Copland to contemporary composers such as DeMeij.

Announcing New Music Director and Principal Conductor

The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie is proud to announce the appointment of Sergeant Major Arthur Himmelberger (Retired), as its new Music Director and Principal Conductor.  Sgt. Major Himmelberger served 26 years as a United States Army bandsman in Washington, D.C.; Berlin, Germany and West Point, NY.  At West Point he was appointed as major music events producer, Army football half-time show designer, member of The United States Military Academy's Bicentennial Task Force and percussion section leader. 

During his fifty-year career, Art performed throughout all 48 contiguous United States, Europe, Japan, Puerto Rico and he designed half-time entertainment for several nationally televised NFL championship games.  A prodigy on percussion instruments, at age nineteen, he received a graduate level Teaching Fellowship from the wind instruments department of the University of Michigan School of Music. 

Art completed graduate studies at Temple University as well as the U.S. Army’s Bandmaster and Administrator courses.  A member of KKY, TBS, NAFME, NYSSMA, CBDNA and Windjammers, Art is a Past President of the Association of Concert Bands.  Currently Director of the Music Program at Marist College, he administers all instrumental, choral, and academic music course offerings there.  Among his many awards, he is a recipient of the prestigious “Distinguished Service to Music Medal,” bestowed by the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, for his lifetime achievements.  


'Pride of America' A musical Salute to our Nations Veterans will be performed October 16, 2019 at Colonie Central High School 7:30pm and again at Carnegie Hall Veterans Day 2019 @8pm!

Earlier this year, the MCBC’s Spring Concert was heard by members of the Association of Concert Bands Board of Directors.  The performance inspired an invitation to play at Carnegie Hall as part of their Veterans Day Concert this November 11th.

The Band is the pinnacle of, and in the best traditions of, “amateur” bands, providing professional level concerts.  Most of the members are working professionals or retirees from other fields, rather than the music field. According to Band President, Gregory Zink, “Member contributions and other donations have raised more than half of the funds needed. The Town of Colonie has been a fantastic partner with us for over twenty years, but because of the rapid nature of this opportunity, the Town of Colonie is not in a position to provide the additional funds to send us on our way, but they have given us permission to seek sponsorship's.”  

Principal Conductor Art Himmelberger added, “We are hoping that local businesses may be in a position to help the Memorial Band reach a place that is surely a ‘bucket list’ item for so many musicians. Let’s add Carnegie Hall to the musical map of famous stages for performances by Colonie citizens, in addition to The Voice and American Idol. “

Any and all donations to MCBC are gratefully appreciated. Contact band leadership at for more information. Visit the website at

Please join us for one or both performances of 'Pride of America' A Salute to Our Nations  Veterans this Fall.
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