Bill Malambri is a native of Fairmont, NC. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.), and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as Interim Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He is the founding director of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, a large wind band, and continues to serve a principal emeritus conductor of that ensemble.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr. Malambri to 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, the United States Air Force Band, the United States Navy Band, the United States Continental Army Band, service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999, three concerts at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Orchestra, three concerts by the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, four concerts during September 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army Band, a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March 2004, performances by the Wind Orchestra at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, and at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Additional appearances include clinic/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band , the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, the Tennessee Technological University Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) Music Camp, the International (North Dakota) Music Camp, the Tarleton State University (Texas) Invitational Band Clinic, and region/district honor bands throughout the southern region of the United States. Dr. Malambri also served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band competition in Como, Italy during July 2006, and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 2007. He has regularly provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival since 2005. During June 2007, he conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, conducted concerts by the Carolinas Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar and Narvacles, Spain during October, 2007, and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia World Marching Band Competition during December of that year. Dr. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. During July, 2009, he served the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands as a judge of Fanfare and Concert Bands, and in July, 2012 was a judge for the Rastede, Germany Music Festival.
Professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National Band Association has twice awarded him with their Citation of Excellence.