CROGHAN, NY ~ A Graveside Committal Service with military honors for Millard Wright Chamberlain, 88, formerly of Croghan, who died on December 3, 2019 in New Mexico, will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, officiating.
Born on February 10, 1931 in Watertown, NY, Millard grew up playing trombone in the Watertown and the Copenhagen high schools. His love of music led him to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he graduated with a music teaching degree in 1953. Millard spent 2 years in the Army at Fort Benning, GA where he played in the 493rd Army Band. He continued to serve in the Army reserves for another 8 years until his Honorable Discharge in 1961. Millard moved to Wells, NY to teach music after his time in the military. While there, he met Pat Giblin and the pair married in 1962. In 1974, Millard took a job as the music director at Lowville Academy and the family moved to Croghan, NY. While there, Millard developed a thriving music program consisting of Concert and Parade Bands and Jazz Ensemble. He taught many children the fine art of music and jazz improvisation during his time at Lowville academy and was loved by his students. Millard later became the director of the Lowville Village Band, and infused the group with a combination of his high school students and local musicians. He organized concerts every Wednesday evening in the summers and the band was so well regarded it was invited to play at many events around the region. The Lowville Village Band continues to play in the summers at the bandstand which bears his name. Millard was also a longtime member of the Frank Sacci Big Band, playing trombone with the group around the North Country.
Local arrangements are under the care of Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.
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