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2024 NZNMEA Honor Band 

February 16th @ 7:00 pm 
Bob Boldrick Theatre - Carson City Community Center

Middle School
Honor Band


William Zabelsky

Bill Zabelsky is a recently retired band director having taught in Douglas County and Carson City for 41 years. During his tenure at Douglas High School; the band attended three different Presidential Inaugural Parades in Washington, DC


When the bands were judged in the Nevada Day Parade, his bands won first place 17 years in a row.


While directing the Carson High Band; they finished in first place in the prestigious San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.  The Carson Band also participated in two gubernatorial inaugurations.


Zabelsky’s Wind Ensembles never received anything less than Superior Ratings.


During Zabelsky’s tenure, the bands have won over 1500 awards including many sweepstakes and first place awards.


Bill was named the Nevada Music Educator of the Year in 2013.


After Bill graduated from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), he and his wife, Leslie, moved to Nevada in 1979.  They have three daughters; Dr. Jennifer Kuhlmeier Zabelsky, Amy Jackson, and Sarah Holland.  Leslie and Bill have six grandchildren; Mongomery, Prairie (who is participating in this year’s Honor Band), Tennessee, & Raliegh Jackson, Bradford & Gwendolyn Holland.


Leslie and Bill are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans, naming their dogs… Sidney and Sully!

2024 NZNMEA Middle School Honor Band Members

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High School Honor Band Director


David Betancourt

David Betancourt has been the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California since 1998.  He is the conductor for the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Pop/Rock Ensemble and facilitates the Cerritos College Drumline.  Beyond performing as the showcase ensemble at various jazz and band festivals, the bands at Cerritos College take great pride in performing in countless civic events and participating in social outreach at hospitals and shelters. Dr. Betancourt facilitated the collaboration with the youth organization Impulse, which led to the addition of numerous courses as well as the development of a national reputation for Cerritos College in the Drum and Bugle Corps international circuit. He was chair of the music department from 2008-2011 and was the director of the California State University Wind Ensemble from 2008-2011.  In addition, Dr. Betancourt was a supervisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California since the inception of the MAT program.  Previous to his appointments in Southern California, Dr. Betancourt was Assistant Director of Bands at Northern Arizona University. He began his music education career as the Director of Instrumental Music of Hopedale Junior/Senior High School in Hopedale, Massachusetts.

Dr. Betancourt has been the coordinator of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTX) at Cerritos College since 2012, developing an extensively vibrant program of professional learning opportunities for the entire college faculty. As a result, the CTX has become a resource for professional learning centers on university and community college campuses throughout the state.  Dr. Betancourt has presented on professional learning topics at California Community Colleges Success Network events, the Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference (international), the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development Conference, the Basic Skills Initiative Leadership Institute, and numerous colleges.    He is also the chair for the Cerritos College Academic Excellence Committee while simultaneously sitting on numerous campus committees.

Dr. Betancourt holds a DMA in music education from the University of Southern California, an MM in instrumental conducting from Northern Arizona University, and a BM in music education and performance from Berklee College of Music.  He has arranged for wind band, jazz ensemble, marching band, latin, and pop genres.  Dr. Betancourt is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, NAfME, CBDNA, CMEA, CBDA, ITG, CMS, SCSBOA, and the Immediate Past President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC).


Thank you! 

Caitlin Beaudette and Eric Klug at the Carson City Community Center.

Kelly Dodge from KDSound for helping transport equipment


Our Guest conductors for spending the last two days with our students.

Special thanks to all of the administration and staff who support our music programs throughout the school year. 

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