Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36 year military career, at which time he was awarded his third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country.
David joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1967 from which he retired as a Director of Music after 32 years service. He studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. His career in the Royal Marines culminated in September 1992 when he was appointed Director of Music to the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia.
Allen Crowell was the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia from 1999 to 2009. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University. There he conducted the Concert Choir, the Men's Glee Club and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting. Prior to coming to that position he taught and conducted at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, for twenty years. From 1992 to 1994, he served as Westminster's Interim Dean.
Dr. Jerry Rife has been the conductor and musical director of the Blawenburg Band since 1985. Under his guidance the band has grown from a small town band in the 1980s to a 70-member musical organization that performs over 30 concerts each year.
Jim has been a life-long musical advocate in Berks County. A 1969 graduate of Exeter Township High School, he received a B. S. degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from West Chester University, studying under Dr. Ken Laudermilch. He has done additional study in conducting with Timothy Foley, former director of the United States Marine Band.