Dr. Lorri S. Crochet, music director and conductor, is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University. Dr. Crochet is the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Other responsibilities include chair of music education and instructor for instrumental music education courses. Dr. Crochet earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her master’s degree in wind conducting and doctorate in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Gary Green and Nicholas DeCarbo.
Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri. Prior to moving to south Florida, she taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in the Olathe School District in Olathe, Kansas. While attaining her master’s degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Crochet served as assistant conductor of the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and chamber winds. From 1996 to 2000, she was the director of bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Dr. Crochet has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2004, and currently holds memberships in the American School Band Directors Association, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Dr. William F. Malambri, founding director and conductor emeritus, is a native of Fairmont, N.C. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, an M.M. from East Carolina University, and his D.M.A. from the University of South Carolina. He completed additional conducting study with Frederick Fennell. Malambri is Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands at Winthrop University where he served from 1978 until 2011.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr. Malambri to 21 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Recent appearances include band festival adjudication in seven states and clinician/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, Tennessee Tech University Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, and the Asbury University (Kentucky) Honor Band. His professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Malambri is a conducting clinician for Conn-Selmer, Incorporated.
Dr. Stanley F. Michalski, Jr., conductor emeritus, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-two years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator throughout North America and Europe. Currently, Dr. Michalski is serving as Coordinator of Music for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Music at Winthrop University where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Winthrop/Carolina Wind Orchestra.
Dr. Michalski received his B.S. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. In 1958, he was awarded a Master of Education Degree and earned the Doctor of Education Degree from the Pennsylvania State University where he was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Assistantship Program under Dr. James W. Dunlop. Prior to his professorship at Clarion University, Dr. Michalski served as Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Harrisburg, PA from 1956 to 1958, and from 1959 to 1961, held a similar position in Mifflintown, PA.
He is the author of numerous published articles on music education, bands, and low brass and was the founder and conductor of the Clarion University Summer Band and Jazz Workshops and Band Front Clinics. He was the first recipient of the Clarion University Student-Alumni Golden Eagle Award presented to a faculty member for efforts in furthering the reputation and best image of Clarion University.
In 1973, Dr. Michalski was elected into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the professional association of master conductors and musicians. Membership is considered the highest honor achievable by American bandsman; it recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of concert band. In the same year, he served as President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Michalski has served as tuba soloist, clinician-adjudicator, and guest conductor in forty three States, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Europe where is served as conductor for the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna for six years. His conducting assignments have included concerts throughout Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England and France. He has also served as guest conductor with the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band and the U.S. Army Field Band.