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). Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Zimbelman has held Director of Bands and Associate Director of Bands positions at the high school and college levels in Oregon and Texas. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Oregon.
Mr. Zimbelman is active as an arranger, composer, and clinician for several programs in the United States. His arrangements and compositions have been performed at regional, national, and international festivals and competitions. He adjudicates for several circuits and organizations regionally and internationally including Bands of America and Drum Corps International. He also serves as the program coordinator for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
“Autumn Rhythm” is an original composition that reflects the change of season. Inspired by the writings and paintings of Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm can best be described as the new structure found within the lack of structure. The rhythmic energy and harmonic language develops and morphs with joyous, driving, fierce, relenting, wistful and hopeful moods as we establish the end of Autumn, and transition into the beginning of Winter. Although the visual chemistry and landscape reflects the change of season, the overall show continually reinforces the concept of newly found structure within the lack of structure.
“Equals Life” is an original composition that reflects the complexity, various moods, and wondrous aspects of water through the various forms. The rhythmic energy and harmonic language develops and morphs with dark, driving, fierce, relenting, wistful and hopeful moods as we accept the natural wonders of life in every condition.
“Samurai, Way Of The Warrior” takes us through the journey of the Samurai Warrior with three distinct movements. Each movement has a unique feel, mood, and offers a variety of lyrical musicality and exciting effects.
“Sundance” is an original composition based on various aspects of the sun calendar. The show is in five distinct parts; “The Calling”, “Ritual”, “Eclipse”, “Awakening”, and “Celebration”.
“White Out” is a journey from the colorful to the colorless, from music to silence, and from diversity to unification. The show is driven by the struggle for a colorful, musical, and diverse world.