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Winter 2011
“In the good times they are there to lift our spirits and inspire us and in bad times
to comfort us, and that is what great music does,” President Murray says.
He adds that besides the numbers of students who are involved, what truly sets the
program apart is the high level of musical skill and the good conduct displayed by the
students, a combination he says comes from Himmelberger’s example.
Like President Murray, Eugene Doris, who is the current athletic director at Fairfeld
University in Connecticut, was at Marist when Himmelberger came on board. As
Marist athletic director from 1989 to 1994, he watched the program slowly begin to
change and grow. Doris recalls working with Himmelberger to change the pep band
from one that used musicians from West Point to one to one of all Marist students.
Himmelberger’s ability to connect with students and inspire them helped the band
prosper, and with it, Marist school spirit grew, too, says Doris.
“He’s like their big brother, and he has tremendous energy and passion about what
he does. It’s hard not to pick up on that,’’ says Doris.
STUDENTS AND ALUMNI SAY THAT AS MUCH AS THE MUSICIANS
and singers give to the college and community, they are rewarded tenfold by
Himmelberger’s tutelage, kindness and enthusiasm.
Katie McSherry, a 2008 graduate and a school music teacher, recalls her audition for
a vocal scholarship at Marist and how Himmelberger described her later.
“He would tell people he knew I was ‘something spectacular.’ You would think I
was a national hero or something the way he goes on…I still smile when I think about
that.’’
Jamie Calandro, who graduated in 2002 and is also a music teacher, says
Himmelberger’s personal touch is what sets him apart.
“Art was like a father to all of us while we were away from our own, and he made it
his business to not only know everyone’s name, but their background as well. Anyone
who came to any of our concerts could see all the energy and love that Art put into us
because of the way he talked about us.’’
Calandro says he learned a lot about commitment from
Himmelberger and he fnds himself in class repeating a
famous Himmelberger line - one that can be found on the
Art Himmelberger Fan Club Facebook page: “To be early
is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late.”
Louis Totino, another 2002 graduate, sums up quite
well what so many current and former Marist music stu-
dents express about Himmelberger: “I met some wonder-
ful people at Marist, but Art Himmelberger stands alone.
He is a great musician but more importantly a great per-
son, and he was an example of the type of man I wanted
to become.”
HIMMELBERGER TREASURES THE FRIEND-
ships because that is something he stresses with students
as much as their music.
Each year he tells band members to turn and notice the
people on either side of them. “Tese people will be your
friends for life,’’ he predicts.
Looking back on his Marist career, he says he is proud
of how the department has grown, and what the students
have accomplished. He’d like to see the program get big-
ger and better facilities so it can accommodate all the re-
hearsal needs.
But when you ask him what he’s most proud of, he
doesn’t name the date or a place of a performance.
He speaks of young men and women who fnd bud-
dies in the seats next to them at band practice. He speaks
of students who moved beyond college but remained his
lifelong friends.
“Tis is not about music,’’ he says. “Tis is about life.’’
Marist Fight Song
M-A-R -- I-S-T
MARIST, COLLEGE to victory!
Marist, College, Let the bells ring.
Honor, Glory, Your Praises We Sing.
We’re here with banners fy-ing!
Our shouts of victory cry-ing!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Alma, Mater, We love you dear.
Conquering, Heroes, We’re here to cheer.
We have no fear for Marist College,
We’ll fght on to victory.
Marist, Foxes, We’re on the run.
Up hill, down hill, having so much fun.
We’ll lure our every foe,
Into the Red Fox hole.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Scratch them, tear them, rip them apart.
Ofense, Defense -- right from the start.
We have no fear for our Red Foxes,
They’ll fght on to Victory.
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