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About the Assistant Conductor

Neil Manzenberger

Band Director, Choir Director and French Horn Player, Neil Manzenberger brings over forty years of professional experience to the position of the Assistant Conductor of the Cottonwood Community Band. After graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degrees in Music Education, Manzenberger took the Band Director position at Crothersville, High School before moving to Jennings County High School in Indiana.  During his tenure at Jennings County, his marching bands marched in the Indiana State Marching Band Finals and the Marching Bands of America National Finals.  His concert bands received Division 1 ratings.  Manzenberger’s marching bands have also participated in the Pegasus Parade in Louisville, KY and the Peach Bowl Parade in Atlanta, GA, as well as several appearances at Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Teaching experience includes the Band Director positions at Crothersville High School and Jennings County High School in Indiana, as well as the elementary music teacher for Jennings County Schools for nine years and the elementary music and computer technology teacher for the Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District in Cottonwood, Arizona for four years.  During this time Manzenberger also taught technology in grades K-6 in both Indiana and Arizona.  During his tenure as K-6 music teacher, Manzenberger also was the band, choir and string director for Jennings County Schools and Band and Choir Director for Cottonwood Elementary School.  Manzenberger was also an adjunct professor of music for Indiana University for nine years.

Neil Manzenberger

As a French Horn player, Neil has performed with the Columbus, Indiana Concert Band, the Cottonwood, Community Band, as well as being a member of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta and the Prescott Pops in Prescott, Arizona. 

During his career, Neil has also been involved with several church choirs.  His latest choir, where he was the director for eight years, was the Verde Community Church in Cottonwood.   He has also been active with the Verde Valley Voices.

After retiring from the classroom, Manzenberger worked for the Arizona Department of Education via the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, where he was a Technology Integration Specialist.  His responsibilities included working with the classroom teacher to show them how to integrate technology into their classrooms. Neil was also a Senior Instructor with Intel Education, where he worked with teachers from around the country on technology integration.

After retirement from Indiana, Neil moved to Cornville in 2003 where the first music group he joined was the Cottonwood Community Band.

Manzenberger is a US Veteran and served with the US Air Force from 1966-1970.



The Cottonwood Community Band will help celebrate our Verde River at 10:00 AM on September 28, 2019 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  Arizona State Parks will waive the park entrance fees for all visitors attending this 31st annual event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors.
The Cottonwood Community Band, Verde Valley Voices, Dave Joslin and the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra are part of the wide range of entertainment throughout the day. Some of the day's events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed 8am - noon. Enjoy the best pancake breakfast. Non-Profit Food vendors will be cooking up hot dogs, Hamburgers and more for nominal fees. Cash only.
See live birds and reptiles and enjoy guided Bird Walks throughout the day.
Verde River Day was organized in 1989 to promote awareness of the Verde River's distinctive riparian habitat and showcase informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat.

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