Sound Beach Community Band appoints new music director

Zachary Kampler

Zachary Kampler

After a long search, the Sound Beach Community Band (SBCB) has found a new music director, Zachary Kampler, to take the lead.

Mr. Kampler is a classically trained composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. A graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Program, he holds a B.A. in Music from New York University and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, with a concentration in Opera, from SUNY Binghamton. An adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, he teaches Brass and Composition in addition to conducting the Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and the Music Department’s main-stage productions. He concurrently holds the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra.

Greenwich residents may have recently enjoyed Mr. Kampler’s trombone playing in the St. Catherine’s Players production of Barnum or his piano accompaniment of the Old Greenwich Elementary School Chorus in their Spring Concert.

“I am honored and excited to be leading the SBCB,” says Kampler. “The passion the band has for music and the community is palpable; I look forward to combining that passion with exciting programming as we begin this new chapter in the band’s history.”

His career spans a myriad of genres, including musicals, operas, operettas, and symphonic works. He has conducted for Nickel City Opera, Crystal Opera, and TAB Productions, in addition to holding the position of Assistant Conductor with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera, and Sarasota Opera.

He has also been composing since 2001, when he conducted the premiere of his first symphonic work, The Final Say. Most recently, he has been working on composing musicals with his writing partner Rocco Natale. The team was commissioned by the Boys & Girls Club to create a musical for student performers, which premiered at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. He and Mr. Natale are looking forward to the publication of their next project, a young artists’ version of The Pirates of Penzance.

Since 1955, the SBCB has presented summer concerts in Binney and Roger Sherman Baldwin Parks, played at community events such as the Binney Park fireworks and the Town Hall Fourth of July Ceremony and been an integral part of the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. SBCB also represents the Greenwich Fire Department at the Mt. Kisco FIremen’s Parade.

The SBCB, one of the oldest firehouse bands still in existence in the United States, provides the wider Greenwich community the joy of musical performances. The band is made up of dedicated community members ranging from emerging high school performers through retired professional and happily welcomes musicians of all abilities who wish to join.

For more information, visit Interested musicians are invited to contact [email protected]

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