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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.

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Band Member Information

 

2019-20 Rehearsal & Performance Dates

 

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals for the fall season are Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 9:00 beginning Aug. 12,2019

Rehearsals for the spring season are Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 9:00 beginning January 6, 2020

A quote from Carolyn Sherrill, Meridian Community Band, Okemos, MI:
"Don't come to rehearsal to learn your own part.  Come to rehearsal to learn everyone else's part."

 

Rehearsals are held at:

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Cottonwood  Community School Band Room

Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

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Dress Code - Formal Concerts

Men: Black slacks, white shirt, black necktie,

black shoes. (Please, no white socks)

Women: All black, including shoes.

Dress Code - Informal Concerts     

Casual white shirts please with blue or

black on the bottom

Sedona March Concert (tentative date)

Sedona United Methodist Church

March 15, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Cottonwood March Concert (tentative date)

Verde Community Church

March 22, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Camp Verde May Concert (tentative date)

Phillip England Performing Arts Center

May 3, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Cottonwood May Concert (tentative date)

Verde Community Church

May 17, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Flag Day Ceremony June 14 (tentative date)

Clarkdale Elks Lodge

Performance  2:00 PM

Musicians Call Time: 1:00 PM

Causal red, white and/or blue attire

Clarkdale Old Fashioned 4th of July

Clarkdake Town Park

July 4, 2020

Concert: 9:30 AM

Musicians call time: 8:30 AM

Causal red, white and/or blue attire

               

Performance Venues

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Clarkdale Elks Lodge

100 N Broadway

Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Clarkdale Town Park

1001 Main St.

Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Verde Community Church

102 S Willard St.

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

 

Mingus Union High School Auditorium

1801 E Fir St
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts

210 Camp Lincoln Rd.

Camp Verde, Arizona 86322

Sedona United Methodist Church

110 Indian Cliffs Rd.

Sedona, AZ 86336

 


 

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