Todd R. Zimbelman

Todd R. Zimbelman is the Director of Bands and Co-Director of the Symphony Orchestra at West Salem High School in the Salem-Keizer School District (OR). Mr. Zimbelman has held Director of Bands and Associate Director of Bands positions at the high school and college levels in Oregon and Texas.

Mr. Zimbelman has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Directors That Make A Difference”, the Claes Nobel’s Educator of Distinction, and the Oregon Symphony’s Music Educator of the Year. Under his direction, marching bands have received several championships and they are the reigning NWAPA Champions and Bands of America (BOA) Tacoma Regional Champions. Wind ensembles consistently receive superior ratings and most recently have placed first at the 6A OSAA State Band Championship the past nine years in a row (2009-Southridge, 2010-2017-West Salem).

His ensembles have attended national and international festivals, and have performed at the Oregon Music Educators State Conference and the NAfME All-NW Conference. Students under his direction are regularly selected for All-City, All-State, and All-Northwest honor bands, as well as the OSAA State Solo Contest. His arrangements and compositions are performed at national and international festivals and competitions. His technique books are used by several programs across the United States. He has adjudicated for several organizations including BOA and Drum Corps International.

He is currently a member of The American Band Masters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, Oregon Band Directors Association, Oregon Music Educators Association (president), and Phi Beta Mu.