Officers

Executive Committee

Art Himmelberger - President
Lewis Buckley - President-Elect
Judith Shellenberger - Past-President

Appointed Officers

Nada Montgomery - Secretary
Howard Habenicht -Treasurer
Nancy Michalek - Publications Coordinator
Deirdre Nalven - National Membership Co-Chair
Sarah McElfresh - National Membership Co-Chair
Mike Montgomery - Chief Information Officer
Delbert A. Eisch - Historian


Art Himmelberger
Art Himmelberger
President

Newburgh, NY
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Arthur B. Himmelberger received the “Legion of Merit” medal in 2002 for his 26 years of meritorious service as a United States Army bandsman. He served as a member of the United States Army Field Band, Washington, DC; the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York and was attached to the United States Army “Berlin Brigade Band” in Germany during celebratory ceremonies after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and both a Master of Education degree and Education Administrator’s Certificate from Temple University. Art is currently Director of the Music Program and Director of Bands at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Concurrent to his duties at Marist, he also serves as Assistant Conductor of the Colonie Memorial Concert Band, Colonie, New York. As a young man he conducted high school bands in the State of Pennsylvania. Of these, his bands performed in the 1980 Orange Bowl Parade, Miami, Florida; performed as Pennsylvania’s “Official State Representative” to the Knoxville, Tennessee, Worlds’ Fair; received superior ratings (performing Grade 6 literature) at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association large ensemble festivals and received first place honors at the “Dogwood Festival” in Atlanta, Georgia. Art’s Community Band experiences began in 1956 when, at the age of six, he performed alongside his “Drummer Dad” with “The Keystone Band,” Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania. As a teenager he performed snare drum and xylophone solos with several professional civic bands including the famous “Ringgold Band” of Reading, Pennsylvania. He has been active with community and civic bands for more than 55 years. Art takes great pride in the fact he is a ‘Life Member’ of the famous “Allentown Band.” Art is sought after as a performer, lecturer, guest conductor and clinician -- most notable, he presented clinics at College Band Directors National Association Eastern Region Conferences; The Midwest Clinic; Great American Brass Band Conferences in Danville, Kentucky; Association of Concert Bands’ National Conventions and at Congresses of IGEB (The International Society for the Research and Preservation of Wind Band Literature) in Oberschutzen, Austria and Coimbra, Portugal. He also serves as Curator of the renowned “Robert Hoe V Memorial Band Music Library.”


Lewis Buckley
Lewis Buckley
President-Elect

Salem, CT
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Lewis J. Buckley was born in Columbus, Ohio, but considers himself a native of Florida, the state in which he grew up. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's degree from Connecticut College. While at Eastman, he earned the Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance on the trumpet, and he studied conducting and composition. He enlisted into the U. S. Coast Guard Band in 1969, where he served as Principal Trumpet and Trumpet Soloist for six years. Then, in 1975, he became the Coast Guard Band's fifth Director at age 27, a post he held for over 29 years, becoming the longest-tenured conductor of a senior military band in American history. Under his baton, the Coast Guard Band became a famed, national touring organization; released some 20 recordings; aired more taped and live concert broadcasts on National Public Radio than any other concert band, military or civilian, in the United States; and earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished wind bands in the world. Upon his 2004 retirement, Buckley was named Conductor Laureate of the U. S. Coast Guard Band. From 2004 through 2011, Buckley served as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Manchester (CT) Symphony Orchestra. For fifteen years, he conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in its annual Symphony on Ice/Toys for Tots program, and he has also conducted the Eastern Connecticut Symphony during its summer series. In 2007, he was named Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a superb community wind band in the Boston area. This remarkable group has an active commissioning program which has added over two dozen works to the wind repertoire by composers including Johan de Meij, Peter Schickele, James Curnow, Michael Gandolfi (by consortium) Chen Yi, and, in 2010, Buckley himself. As a conductor, Buckley brings to the podium more than 35 years' professional experience in an unusually wide range of music-making. He is equally at home conducting, writing, or performing, with bands, orchestras, and choruses, in all styles of music from classical to commercial to jazz. The guest artists whom he has conducted reflect his range of experience; they include Walter Cronkite, opera giant Placido Domingo, Lorrie Morgan and Lone Star of country fame, the Motown sound of Martha Reeves, and many others. He continues to compose, arrange, and publish prolifically, bringing to his work the knowledge earned in 40 years on the podium, and his music is widely performed. He also remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently combining solo appearances with conducting, often in premiere performances of his own commissioned works.



Judith Shellenberger
Past-President

117 West Hill Drive
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 326-4807
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 Judith B. Shellenberger retired in June 2005 after serving 36 years as a Band Director in the Williamsport (PA) Area School District. After retirement, she graduated from Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health and is a Certified Massage Practitioner. She holds a BS degree in Music Education from Mansfield University. She received the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s “Citation of Excellence” Teaching Award. Judy was elected to the National Band Association’s Board of Directors as an Elementary-Middle School Representative. She has served as an adjudicator for bands and orchestras in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She has been a middle school band consultant in Connecticut and clinician for PMEA. Judy has played French horn in the famous Repasz Band (Est. 1831) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the past 50 years, and has served as their Business Manager since 1984.  She plays euphonium in Williamsport’s Billtown Brass Band and the newly formed Central Pennsylvania Community Band.  Judy co-directs the “Encores”, a New Horizons Band. She is a Life member of ACB and member of Windjammers Unlimited, Inc., the National Band Association, IMMS, International Military Music Society, International Woman's Brass Conference, Bugles Across America and the Canadian Band Association.  Judy shares her love of music with her husband Tom, her daughters, Anna and Carol and their husbands, and five charming granddaughters.

Appointed Officers

Nada Vencl Montgomery
Nada Montgomery
Secretary

6613 Cheryl Ann Drive
Independence, OH 44131-3718
(800) 726-8720
(216) 524-1897
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Nada is a flute and piccolo player from Independence, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She plays with the Lakeland Civic Band (a Sudler Silver Scroll award winner), the Lakewood Hometown Band, The Great Geauga County Fair Band, and mallet percussion with the Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Community Band. Nada is also an accompanist at Lakeland Community College for the Civic Chorus and Independence Middle School where her daughter is the choir director. She has worked for a family-owned moving company for 39 years. A musical or two a year, and private students help fill in her schedule. She has served on the Board of the Windjammers Unlimited - a circus music historical society. Nada is a Life member and former board member of ACB and became the ACB secretary in 1996. In 1997 she was awarded the ACB's Leland A. Lillehaug President's Award. She truly enjoys talking with and meeting community band people from around the country. Nada is married to Mike Montgomery. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Gretchen and Heidi, and is totally captivated by her grandsons, Nolan and Kyle.


Howard Habenicht
Howard Habenicht
Treasurer

82 Country Club Dr
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1262
(630) 529-2295
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Howard is a trumpet player and currently resides in Bloomingdale, Illinois. He has been a member of the Naperville Municipal band since 1991, where he previously served as its Treasurer for 12 years. He was a founding member of the West Suburban Concert Band in LaGrange, Illinois and served that organization on several different occasions as president, treasurer, and director. Howard also has been a member of Windjammers Unlimited, Inc. since 1986 and has served as that organization’s Treasurer since 2007. He is a Life Member of the Association of Concert Bands, Inc. and has served as its Treasurer since 1996. Howard received the Leland A. Lillehaug President’s Award in 1997. Howard retired, in 2005, from Vibro/Dynamics Corporation, a firm that manufactures industrial machinery mounts and mounting systems, where he was President and Chief Financial Officer. He is still a member of the Board of Directors of Vibro/Dynamics and was recently elected Board Chairman. He has been a CPA since 1967 and was associated with a large international CPA firm from 1961 to 1980.


Nancy Michalek
Nancy Michalek
Publications Coordinator

Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 839-8217
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Nancy Michalek has over thirty years experience leading business and information technology initiatives for General Motors and EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and retired from Hewlett-Packard in 2007. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She lived in California and Spain before moving to Texas. She plays flute in the Plano Community Band in Plano, Texas, served on the band board for 20 years, and led the group to host the ACB 2010 Convention. She also plays in flute ensembles and plays percussion in the McKinney Community Band. Nancy has been a Life Member of ACB since 1997 and served as an ACB Board Member from 2005 - 2011. In April 2010, Nancy accepted the position of Publications Coordinator for the ACB and is now the editor of the ACB Journal.


Deirdre Nalven
Deirdre Nalven
National Membership Co-Chair
(West of Mississippi River)

5943 S. Florence Ct.
Englewood, CO 80111
(303) 694-6161
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Deirdre Nalven is a 19-year Life member of ACB, a clarinetist, and an active 35-year member and Board of Directors member, of the Denver Concert Band as well as its Show and Tell Band. She began serving ACB as Regional Membership Coordinator for Colorado and Wyoming. She served ACB as a two-term Board of Directors member and has attended all conventions since 1996. She has also represented ACB at the Midwest Clinic for the last 17 years. Having a strong interest in building membership, she has served ACB as National Western Membership Co-Chair since 2005. She also served as Chair/Member of The International Membership Committee. She earned a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a former teacher as well as a 33-year employee in the Oil and Gas Industry. She retired in 2002 to live for four years in The Andes of Peru, S.A. with her husband. Her goal for ACB still remains to promote the community band movement in the United States and throughout the world and encourage memberships in ACB.


Sarah McElfresh
Sarah McElfresh
National Membership Co-Chair
(East of Mississippi River)

905 4th Ave Ext.
Farmville, VA
(434) 315-0055
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Sarah is mother of two daughters who finds time to play Euphonium between being a Mom-taxi and volunteer work. Her first experience with community bands was as a child in Massachusetts carrying the banner and later as musician with the Canton Community Band. Currently she is playing in the Longwood University Wind Symphony and is a founding member of the Heart of Virginia Community Band, both in Farmville, VA. Previously played with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Historic Bethabara Park Concert Band in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to moving to NC and then VA, she lived in Pennsylvania, playing with many community bands, including 9 years with the Sulder Silver Scroll recognized East Winds Symphonic Band. While in Pittsburgh, she was a founding member of the Three Rivers Community Band Festival and introduced the “Festival Band” that is similar to the ACB Convention Band. Introduced to ACB in 2000 by her husband Scott (member since 1994), she has participated in several conventions (since 2006) and has served or is serving as Regional Membership Coordinator for PA (2008-2012), NC (2011-) VA (2012 -). Educated in geology with a BS from St. Lawrence University in NY and MS from the University of Pittsburgh, she has spent time at the front of a college classroom, but now enjoys time at home with her family. In her role, she plans to continue supporting adult concert bands, to make people aware of the organization and to encourage bands to acquire the BMI/ASCAP Blanket License.


Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery
Chief Information Officer

6613 Cheryl Ann Dr
Independence, OH 44131-3718
(216) 236-8241
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Mike is a retired divisional computer systems manager, having retired from Navistar International Corp. He played in the Sudler Scroll Winning Naperville (IL) Municipal Band for 18 years before moving to Ohio/Florida. He has been a member of Windjammers Unlimited, a Circus Music Historical Society since 1987 and was secretary/treasurer of that organization from 1993 - 2007 and continues as Secretary.He has been a member of the ACB since 1991 and has served two terms on the Board of Directors. He is two time recipient of the ACB Leland Lillehaug President's award being so honored in 2001 and 2007. He also serves the ACB as chief information officer.Mike plays horn, cornet, euphonium, trombone and tuba. Personal highlights include playing with the Allentown (PA) Band on two of their European tours, The West Suburban (Chicago) Symphony, The Sicilian Band of Chicago and he is currently a member of The Lakeland Civic Band of Kirtland Ohio. The Sarasota (FL) Sun Coast Band, The Venice (FL) Concert Band, The Sarasota (FL) Concert Band, and the Great Geauga County (OH) Fair Band


Del Eish
Delbert A. Eisch
Historian

315 Wilnette Spring Dr
Racine, WI 53405
(262) 632-5696
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Historian Del Eisch is a past president of ACB (1987-88). He served as national membership chairman for five years and also two terms on the board of directors. He has been the recipient of ACB's presidential award in 1991, 2005, and 2014. Del is the committee chair of the Herbert L. & Jean Schultz Mentor Ideal Award, and authored the booklet, "The First Quarter Century 1977-2002", which is available on the ACB website. He is the only person to have attended all conventions to date. Del has kept a log on all music performed at the conventions as well as all clinic sessions and clinicians. Eisch is the conductor emeritus of the Racine (WI) Municipal Band which performed at ACB conventions in 1981, 1984 and 1993. Under his leadership the band was awarded the Sudler Scroll in 1995.