Schoharie Valley Concert Band
Music - Life Long Appreciation

Conductor - Martin Zavadil (2001 to Present)


Martin Zavadil is a retired teacher from the Shenendehowa Central School District where he was the Director of Bands at the West High School.  His teaching career spanned 37 years of public school Instrumental Music Education Elementary through High School.  He received his undergraduate degree at SUNY Fredonia and has done extensive graduate work at the Lake Placid Institute, Saratoga-Potsdam Institute, Ithaca College, Long Island University, Marywood College and the University of Minnesota.  His conducting mentors include: Col. Arnald Gabriel, Frederick Fennell, William Revelli and Rodney Winthers.  Mr. Zavadil is a NYSSMA All-State and Major Organization adjudicator, has served on the Executive Board of the New York State Field Band Conference, is a member of the All-State Selection Committee and has conducted several All-County and Area All-State Festivals.  He is an active performer in the Capitol District and has studied trumpet with  Edward Carroll, international trumpet soloist and Director of the Lake Placid Institute and Trumpet Professor at CALARTS.  Currently Mr. Zavadil is the conductor of the Schoharie Valley Concert Band and past  conductor of the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra.  He is Director of Handbell Choirs at Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park, Conductor of the Shenendehowa Music Company Orchestra and Administrator for the Colorguard at Shenendehowa.  He is a member of the New York State Band Director's Association, National Band Association, American Concert Bands, International Trumpet Guild, American Association of English Handbell Ringers and the Saratoga Musicians Union.  Other activities include: church choir, curling, softball, gold, kayacking and gardening.  Mr. Zavadil resides with his wife Sherrie in Ballston Spa, New York.


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